I have a terrible sweet tooth. After meals, I have a craving for sugar and I consume too much sugar because of it. The worst part is that there is diabetes in my family.
When I was a kid, I was told not to have too much sugar because it will cause tooth decay. That's still a concern for me today, but I'm more concerned about obesity and becoming a diabetic because of my sweet tooth.
I read a book recently which has actually help me understand more about sugar and how to control sugar intake. The book talks about how sugar is a carbohydrate and if taken at the right time and amount, it won't be damaging to health. Fruits are preferred over cakes, biscuits and desserts. I'm allowed to have desserts once in a while if I regularly exercise and that with breakfast so that I will have time to burn those calories until night time.
Another suggestion is to stay away from sodas and fruit juices because it is packed with sugar. There are even "no sugar added" fruit juices at the store but this doesn't mean that it doesn't have sugar.
I still have a sweet tooth though and I loose the struggle not to have sweets often. I have gained some weight recently and I eat very small meals, every 2-3 hours and healthy diet, except for the sweets. So I am sure that too much sugar is the reason for my weight gain. If only I could control myself better!