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The Skinny: Getting sugar out of your diet is a little like getting pollen out of your air supply. Sugar is in ketchup, barbecue sauce, granola, cereal, flavored yogurt, sports drinks, instant oatmeal, and energy bars. But if you limit obvious sources, like soda, candy, and anything at the bakeshop, along with most processed foods, you can go a long way toward reducing the 156 pounds of the stuff each of us consumes on average per year. Although friends who want to split the crème brûlèe might object, no nutritionist will. Some scientists actually go so far as to call sugar poison, an idea that has gained widespread popularity among the organic-eating, Prius-driving set in the past few years. "They may not be that far off,” admits Jana Klauer, a New York City physician and the author of The Park Avenue Nutritionist's Plan (St. Martin’s Press). "Sugar can contribute to mood swings, weight gain, and, over time, insulin resistance, and there’s almost certainly an addictive quality for some people. They have one bite and it opens the floodgates; all they want is more.

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