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Confections or sweets. In Britain, more than half the sweets eaten are now chocolates in various guises - often sold under a trademark. The average per capita consumption of "sweets" is between 7-8 oz a week. Americans, by comparison average under 6 oz per week.

Including what they buy in their sweet shops, the British consume 111 pounds of sugar per capita each year (tooth decay dropped off sharply in Britain during World War 11, when sugar was rationed. This compares with 115 in Australia, 120 in Holland and 127 in Ireland. At the other end of the spectrum, France eat only 76 pounds per capita, Japan 38 and India 10. See 'Sugar'

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