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Sugar: the public health crisis that won’t go away

Evidence is mounting on the dangers of sugar consumption, linking the sweet stuff beyond obesity to heart disease and cancer. The catch: Our fate can be prevented if we seriously cut back on sugar. Is America headed toward a great political sugar debate?

Like any dependable public health crisis, the sugar debate is making its yearly rounds. On April 1, the TV show 60 Minutes devoted a segment to resurrecting the question that makes the sugar industry nervous: Is sugar toxic? Just one year ago, The New York Times published an article of the same name.