Most health advisors consider sugar to be a health detriment almost on par with smoking. One could even argue that excessive sugar consumption is one of the factors in the obesity crises. Take a walk down the cereal aisle in any grocery store and you'll find it to be nearly impossible to find a single children's cereal that doesn't have sugar, high fructose corn syrup, artificial flavor or coloring. The average American consumes over two hundred pounds of sugar every year. Over the course of a lifetime, we literally consume tons of sugar. 

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