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.

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.

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