Often eclipsed by its illegal look-a-like, another white powdery substance has become an issue of US policy both domestically and in Latin America. For centuries, sugar has had a torrid yet bittersweet relationship with Americans. Sugar both astounds us with its confectionery wonders and frustrates us with its ability to cause obesity. Most recently, sugar has further complicated this relationship by entering the green energy realm in the form of an efficient ethanol fuel. The only constant in sugar’s evolving role in the American lifestyle is that we pay too much for it.
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