Discrepancies between health professionals' understanding and the evidence for sugars-related nutrition issues in Canada

June 10, 2015 - Our previous surveys revealed certain misconceptions among health professionals on sugars-related topics. Since health professionals are relied upon to communicate accurate scientific information to both the general public and the media, the objective of this study was to assess health professionals’ perceptions of Canadian added sugars consumption in relation to obesity as well as their understanding of the scientific basis of the WHO sugars guideline.

What can we learn from looking at the design of a human study?

May 05, 2015 - Nowadays it seems we hear about a new diet trend and read about the latest nutrition research findings on a daily basis. It can be confusing to know how a study should be properly interpreted and what to take away from it. The strength of study findings and whether a “cause and effect” relationship exists depends on multiple factors, including the study design, and where it sits within the hierarchy of scientific evidence.

Canadian Sugar Institute Encourages Canadians to seek Balanced Information Following Screening of Sugar Coated Documentary

April 25, 2015 - In advance of the screening of Sugar Coated, a documentary airing at this year’s Hot Docs Festival, the Canadian Sugar Institute is inviting Canadians, and the media, to gather science based information on sugar in order to critically assess the content.

WHO 10% Free Sugars Guideline Based on Tooth Decay, not Obesity; Unchanged from the March 2014 Draft Guideline

March 04, 2015 - The WHO final 10% guideline on free sugars intake continues to be based on evidence related to tooth decay, not overweight or obesity. The final guideline is the same as proposed in their draft guideline and the WHO has clarified that this is “based on moderate quality evidence from observational studies of dental caries”.

Worldwide trends in sugars intake - stable or declining

February 06, 2015 - Dietary intake of sugars is a controversial public health issue and published data relating to trends in sugars intake are relatively sparse. A recent review entitled "Worldwide trends in dietary sugars intake" written by Dr. Anna Wittekind and Dr. Janette Walton addresses this knowledge gap and found that dietary sugars consumption is declining or stable in many developed countries.

Editorial by Drs. Tom Wolever and John Sievenpiper "Revised food labeling in North America: the blind leading the blind?"

December 17, 2014 - Earlier this year the US FDA proposed several changes to the US Nutrition Facts panel, including the declaration of “Added Sugars”. In July 2014, Health Canada made a similar proposal to provide consumers with more information about “added sugars”. In a recent editorial, Toronto medical doctors and professors Tom Wolever and John Sievenpiper voice their concern “that the rationale for declaring added sugars is based on popular misconceptions rather than high-quality evidence and may do harm”.

Gibneyonfood "Sugar: Bad science - Great headlines"

November 20, 2014 - An observational study by Pase et al. assessing the link between fruit juice consumption and blood pressure was recently published in the journal Appetite, which suggested that frequent intake of fruit juice was associated with higher aortic blood pressure, a major risk factor for heart disease. On his blog, Professor Mike Gibney of University College Dublin provided his balanced review of this observational study and compared its scientific rigor to a systematic review on the same topic.

Confusion regarding CSI school information session

November 12, 2014 - CSI is a non-profit association which maintains a scientific Nutrition Information Service staffed by qualified nutrition professionals. Nutrition representatives of Northern Secondary School’s “The Healthy Hub” program invited one of CSI's Registered Dietitians and our Manager of Nutrition & Scientific Affairs to share evidence-based information regarding sugars and carbohydrates in the context of a balanced diet as the program’s theme for November was "sugar".

CSI Comment on Heart & Stroke Foundation Position Statement on Sugar, Heart Disease and Stroke

September 10, 2014 - On September 9, 2014, the Heart & Stroke Foundation released a position statement on “Sugar, Heart Disease and Stroke” recommending that “total intake of free sugars not exceed 10% of total daily calorie (energy) intake, and ideally less than 5%”. Unfortunately, this new position statement has not systematically reviewed the breadth of scientific evidence available with respect to sugar consumption and health effects.

New US consumer study shows that "Added Sugars" labelling is confusing

August 07, 2014 - On July 14th 2014, Health Canada proposed a series of changes to food labels in Canada, which includes a new line for “Added Sugars” on the Nutrition Facts table, indented under “Total Sugars”. All proposed changes are open for public consultation until September 11th, 2014. This US consumer research commissioned by IFIC may prove a crucial and timely resource to assist Health Canada in developing clear and accurate nutrition information on food labels.

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