With Halloween just around the corner, this Sunday’s Last Week Tonight saw John Oliver take on one of America’s most prevalent home-grown enemies: sugar. As Oliver points out, sugar represents a $5.5 billion industry in the U.S., and is an ingredient with direct ties to obesity, high blood pressure, and heart disease — all prevalent ailments in the country. In the past few years, researchers have exposed added sugar as “the new tobacco” — a dangerous toxin that companies will include in everything from energy bars to salad dressing. Sugar, experts say, triggers the production of harmful fat and metabolic waste that shouldn’t exist in your body at all. With the average American consuming 75 pounds of sugar every year — often unknowingly, since some food companies don’t include the added sugar content in their product labels — it’s more important than ever to mind your intake. A thought John Oliver wants everyone to keep in mind this Halloween.
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