In India, people have become thoughtful about the safety and nutritional value of the food they are eating, thanks to the various food safety controversies going on!
In India, controversial and banned pesticides are widely used, presumably to increase crop yields, for faster growth, to increase shelf life etc. Pesticides cover a wide range of compounds including insecticides, fungicides, herbicides etc.
Indian food is incomplete without the addition of masala powders and spices, but there is a red alert for wide spread chemical contamination in it.
With the dual epidemics of obesity and diabetes taking over India and other countries, the blame has been put squarely on sugar to be the cause for it, so the search is still on for the perfect sweetener.