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Sugar as a Battleground

The effects of the use of sugar on people’s health remains a very contentious issue. We wonder: Which of the following statements are true about the public health debate on sugars?

A. The sugar industry has a lot of influence
B. Consumers are shifting toward healthier foods
C. Consumers still consume too much sugar
D. Taxing sugar is complicated
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Empires of Sugar

Sugarcane is a plant native to Southeast Asia, where it was domesticated many millennia ago. Later it spread to China and India, then across the early Islamic world and ultimately across the rest of the tropical and subtropical world. We wonder: Which of the following facts are true about sugar worldwide?

A. Brazil produces more sugarcane than any other country.
B. Americans consume more sugar per person than anyone else.
C. Sugar is a freely traded commodity.
D. Sugar refining is a modern invention.
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