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While more common during the holidays, sugar or honey-sweetened treats were enjoyed only a few times a week by classic Mediterraneans. This may be a tough challenge for most of us. Americans' intake of added sugar in the diet has blossomed by almost 30 percent since the 1980s, with sugary sodas and pops as the leading sources. Say goodbye to the colas and hello to water. "Go Mediterranean" by passing on the baked goods more often, and opting instead for naturally sweet fresh fruit.

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