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You grab a knife and start slicing – a quick dice to get dinner ready quickly. But as you hastily cut, you nick your finger and it starts bleeding. Rather than reaching straight for a band-aid, though, you have another option. Crack open the sugar jar and rely on the sweet stuff, as it has a surprising healing power.

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It’s no secret that the United States has a sugar problem. Many experts have said that Americans should consume less of the stuff. As it stands, every age group apparently eats more than the amount recommended in the country’s dietary guidelines. And yet, sugar doesn’t necessarily deserve the bad reputation it has.

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