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Sugar (sucrose) when enjoyed in moderation, is part of a balanced, nutritious diet.

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Sugar (sucrose) is a carbohydrate that is naturally present in fruits and vegetables. Sugar is most highly concentrated in sugarbeets and sugar cane.

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Sugar separated from sugarbeets and sugar cane is 99.95% pure sucrose. Sucrose from sugarbeets and sugar cane is identical, down to the molecular level.

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Carbohydrates, including sugar, are the body's preferred sources of fuel for brain power, muscle energy, and every other natural process in every functioning cell of our body.

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America’s sugar producers support roughly 142,000 domestic jobs in 22 states and generate nearly $20 billion a year for the US economy. Approximately 50% of America’s sugar comes from beets and 50% from sugar cane.

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Wholesale domestic refined sugar prices have been essentially flat over the last three decades. Adjusted for inflation, wholesale domestic refined sugar prices have decreased over 30%.

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Domestic consumption of sugar (sucrose) has decreased by over 30% in the last 40 years.

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