Estimated Sugars Content of Diets that Follow Eating Well with Canada's Food Guide

December 12, 2017 - Health Canada’s Office of Nutrition Policy and Promotion recently published an article “Estimating the Sugars Content of Diets that Follow Eating Well with Canada’s Food Guide” in the Canadian Journal of Dietetic Practice and Research. • The results indicate that Canadians 2 years and older consume an average of 7% of energy from free sugars and 21% of energy from total sugars when following a dietary pattern consistent with Canada’s Food Guide.

Are foods and beverages reduced in sugars also reduced in Calories?

November 02, 2017 - Consumers and health professionals alike often expect that foods and beverages higher in free or added sugars are also higher in calories, and that reformulation to reduce sugars will result in a similar reduction of products' calorie contents. Two recent studies on this topic from researchers at the University of Toronto reveal discrepancies between such perceptions and marketplace reality.

Clarifying media coverage of a recent study on sugars and cancer

October 24, 2017 - A new study examining how glucose is processed for energy in yeast and cancer cells was recently published in Nature Communications. While the study does provide novel findings in understanding basic metabolic pathways in cancer cells, it does not show any evidence that dietary glucose or other sugars are linked to cancer.

New release from Statistics Canada: Canadian Community Health Survey 2015 reports changes in nutrient intakes among Canadians compared to 2004

June 27, 2017 - On June 20th Statistics Canada released the report Canadian Community Health Survey-Nutrition: Nutrient intakes from food and nutritional supplements. The report highlights changes in energy intake, and consumption of protein, fat, and carbohydrates compared to 2004.

How much sugars do Canadians consume?

June 05, 2017 - Last week, Statistics Canada released the loss-adjusted food availability data for 2016 (CANSIM). Loss adjusted availability data, a proxy for consumption of added sugars, continues to decline, with a 26% per capita reduction of added sugars over the past 20 years. While availability data may not accurately reflect what Canadians consume, the trend towards a reduced availability of added sugars is promising.

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.

CSI Review of New Descriptive Study on Added Sugars in Packaged Foods and Beverages at a Major Canadian Retailer

January 13, 2017 - CSI Nutrition Information Service reviews and notes limitations of a new study "Added sugar in the packaged foods and beverages available at a major Canadian retailer in 2015: a descriptive analysis".