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March 2000 Issue

Sugar: How Do I Disguise Thee? Let Me Count the Ways

America's sweet tooth keeps getting sweeter. The average American now eats the equivalent of 20 teaspoons of added sugar a day, twice the amount currently recommended by government and other health organizations. Consumption of sugars added to food products—as opposed to sugars found naturally in foods—reached a whopping 156 pounds per person in 1998, an increase of more than 20% in 12 years. America's collective intake of sugar began a steep climb just

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