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A White Lie

As the holidays are upon us, our intake of sugar is sure to skyrocket. From cookies to pies and everything in between, we find ourselves unable to resist the holiday treats. However, you may need to rethink that second helping or gorging on the tin of shortbread cookies because you could be creating a deadly addiction. The History Sugar is believed to have originated over 5,000 years ago, but the first recording of it was in 1099 in England. Western Europeans dubbed it as “new spice,” speaking of how pleasant it was. Only royalty and the wealthy could afford it and considered it “white gold.” Sugarcane was brought to the United States in 1619. As sugar production increased so did the need for labor. Working in sugarcane fields was dangerous and hard, so the British West Indies imported over four million slaves from Africa. Once slavery ended in the United...
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