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Baby writes: "Also, in the bodies attempt to process refined sugar, vitamins and vital minereals, are leached from bones, blood and tissue "

This is the main problem with refined sugar -- it doesn't come already equipped with the micronutrients needed by your body to help digest and assimilate it. And they have to come from somewhere. If you use sugar as a substitute for natural sweets such as fruits and things like whole cane syrup, maple syrup, and sweet vegetables like carrots, sweet potatoes, and asparagus, and thus don't get enough of these fruits and vegetables, you may indeed suffer as a result. There are people who eat cookies and cakes in abundance, and rarely eat fresh fruit. This is where sugar becomes a problem. But if you eat plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables and supplement this with a small portion of refined sugar in candy or cakes or cookies, once a day maybe, you are not going to have a problem with that sugar. Because of the water content of soft drinks, they rarely are a problem too. Nor is chewing gum a problem unless you chew amounts that are quite unusually large. Same thing with an occaisional sugar sucking-candy. It isn't sugar that is the problem, it is lack of knowledge or lack of putting knowledge into practice, that is the problem.

Personally tho, I prefer to make my own soft drinks by mixing fruit juice, or juices, and water or carbonated water, and sugar. That way at least about 1/4 of the sugar in each portion, comes from the fruit juice, instead of from USP grade, chemical reagent grade, refined sucrose. And along with the fruit-sugar, comes some micronutrients -- something missing from commercial fruit juice.
 
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