Canadian Sugar Institute Supports Science-Based Information about Sugars on Food Labels

July 21, 2014 - The Canadian Sugar Institute is supportive of the food labelling modernization initiative to improve consumer access to accurate labelling information and Health Canada’s objective to ensure the nutrition label is based on up-to-date scientific information and consumption habits.

CSI presented research at two National conferences in June 2014

June 23, 2014 - CSI presented research findings on "Health professionals' understanding of added sugars consumption in relation to key nutrition issues in Canada" at the Canadian Nutrition Society Annual Meeting (June 5-7) and Dietitians of Canada National Conference (June 12-14).

Czarnikow Report: The Inconvenient Truth About Sugar Consumption (It's Not What You Think)

May 12, 2014 - A recent Czarnikow Report “The Inconvenient Truth About Sugar Consumption (It’s Not What You Think)” analyzed UK sugar consumption trends and found that while obesity rates are increasing, sugar consumption has decreased. “While they [processed foods] do contain sugar, what the statistics show us is that sugar consumed indirectly is not adding to total consumption but instead displacing sugar that was previously consumed directly. Today only 20% of sugar usage is in table top-form.”

Statement from the Canadian Sugar Institute re: U.S. documentary "Fed Up"

May 09, 2014 - Today, a U.S. documentary, “Fed Up”, was released in theatres in the U.S. and Canada. The film focuses on the U.S. food industry and Americans’ consumption of sugar and processed foods in relation to concerns about the country’s rising obesity rates.

Estimated Intakes and Sources of Total and Added Sugars in the Canadian Diet

May 08, 2014 - The purpose of this report was to estimate and trend added sugars intakes and their contribution to total energy intake among Canadians by, first, using Canadian Community Health Survey (CCHS) nutrition survey data of intakes of sugars in foods and beverages, and second, using Statistics Canada availability data and adjusting these for wastage to estimate intakes.

Health professionals' understanding of added sugars consumption in relation to key nutrition issues in Canada

April 22, 2014 - Media articles often report that added sugars consumption in Canada is increasing and contributing to rising obesity rates. However, Statistics Canada data indicates that added 'sugars and syrups' (sucrose, maple sugars, honey) intake has been declining over the past 4 decades.

Review of WHO "Draft guidelines on free sugars released for public consultation, 5 March 2014"

March 31, 2014 - On March 5, 2014, the World Health Organization (WHO) Nutrition Guidance Expert Advisory Group (NUGAG) released its draft guidance on sugars intake.

Fructose in isocaloric exchange for other carbohydrate does not raise postprandial triglycerides

January 01, 2014 - Pooled analyses show that fructose in isocaloric exchange for other carbohydrate does not increase postprandial triglycerides, although an effect cannot be excluded under all conditions. Fructose providing excess energy does increase postprandial triglycerides. Larger, longer, and higher-quality trials are needed.

The not so toxic truth about sugar

October 01, 2013 - Sugar has been a part of the human diet for centuries but recently there has been a shift in people's perceptions of sugar, particularly in its relationship to weight and health. A lot of this is due to misinformation and unfounded claims about sugar that are often expressed in the media.

Sugar claims on foods: health professionals' understanding compared to marketplace practice

September 01, 2013 - Nutrition claims on foods are meant to help consumers make informed dietary choices. However, for sugar claims to be meaningful, comparative reductions in calories are required.

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