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.

Recent Research on Sugars-Related Topics

May 18, 2016 - Here we are providing reviews of three recent high quality research studies on topics we think you may find relevant and useful.

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”.

Archived Webinar Now Available - Beyond Sweetness: The Functional Roles of Sugar in Foods and the Challenges in Replacing/Reducing It

February 18, 2016 - On Thursday February 4, 2016, the CSI Nutrition Information Service hosted a webinar “Beyond Sweetness: The Functional Roles of Sugar in Foods and the Challenges in Replacing/Reducing It” with expert speakers Dr. Douglas Goff and Dr. Julian Cooper. Archived webinar materials are now available.

A review of sugar consumption from nationally representative dietary surveys across the world

December 07, 2015 - A recent publication by Newens et al. reviewed dietary intake of sugars across the globe using nationally representative dietary surveys conducted in 18 countries between 1995 and 2012. Key points include: Intake of total sugars (% energy) decreased over the lifespan; Consumption of added sugars (% energy), which peaked during adolescence and then declined in adulthood, were reported in half of the countries.

New Resource: Frequently Asked Questions about Carbohydrates and Type 2 Diabetes

November 23, 2015 - Carbohydrate consumption and metabolism in relation to glycemic control is one of the most important topics for people with diabetes. CSI offers a new fact sheet “Frequently Asked Questions about Carbohydrates and Type 2 Diabetes”, which provides answers to questions frequently heard by health care professionals regarding carbohydrate and sugars for people with Type 2 Diabetes.

Recent un-controlled intervention study by Lustig RH et al. unable to assess Calorie-independent effect of fructose on metabolism among obese youth.

October 29, 2015 - A non-controlled intervention trial was conducted by Lustig et al. among a small group (n=43) of Latino- and African-American youth (aged 8-18) who were obese, had high habitual sugars intakes, and had at least one other co-morbidity for metabolic syndrome. Due to flaws in the study design and statistical analyses of the results, conclusions must be drawn with caution.

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