Recent Research on Front-of-Package Labels
March 29, 2017 - Health Canada is currently proposing mandatory front-of-package labelling on prepackaged foods. Global consensus has not been reached on the most effective FOP system, and research continues to be conducted. To further the discussion, these are three recent publications that explored the effectiveness of several FOP schemes in achieving their intended purpose.
Critical Reviews of Gary Taubes’ “The Case Against Sugar”
February 16, 2017 - Gary Taubes, an American investigative journalist, released his latest book “The Case Against Sugar” on December 27, 2016. In it, Taubes uses storytelling techniques to present his case that sugar is the principal cause of chronic diseases. Here are two reviews written in the US that examine the scientific basis of the book’s content.
Future Research Needs and Priorities on Sugars and Health
November 24, 2016 - On November 4th, 2016, the Canadian Institute of Health Research Institute of Nutrition Metabolism and Diabetes (CIHR-INMD) announced a partnership with Health Canada, sponsoring research projects investigating the relationship between sugars and health.
A closer look at a recent debate on sugars at the World Diabetes Congress
September 08, 2016 - The Aug 2016 issue of Canadian Journal of Diabetes included two separate commentaries by Dr. Lustig, MD and Dr. Sievenpiper, MD, PhD on the subject of sugar and diabetes. The articles summarize points from their debate on Health Impacts of Sugars held at the 2015 World Diabetes Congress hosted by IDF. Using the diagram of the hierarchy of scientific literature, we took a closer look at the quality of sugars-related research publications each used to reach such drastically different conclusions.
New Resources: Sugar Beyond Sweetness
September 08, 2016 - Sugar is widely used in cooking and baking recipes due to its versatile functionality. The registered dietitians and nutrition researchers at the Nutrition Information Service of the Canadian Sugar Institute are therefore excited to share a collection of new resources on the Functional Roles of Sugar in Foods.
New CSI Digital Resources - “Sugar 101”
April 08, 2016 - The CSI Nutrition Information Service is excited to present two new digital resources, which review the basics of sugar metabolism and provide answers to frequently asked questions. They are available in both English and French.
Updated: Resources to Help Develop and Improve Food Skills
March 22, 2016 - Food skills are important to make healthy food choices and prepare nutritious meals. The Canadian Sugar Institute offers a variety of resources that can help improve food skills related to cooking and baking, reading Nutrition Facts tables, and understanding the function ingredients play in foods.
CSI Presented Research at CIFST in Burnaby, BC (February 22-23, 2016)
March 10, 2016 - The CSI Manager of Nutrition & Scientific Affairs conducted an oral presentation at the 2016 CIFST conference in Burnaby, BC on February 23, 2016. She shared research findings from CSI’s health professional survey on “Canadian health professionals’ understanding of sugar’s functional role in foods”.