New release from Statistics Canada: Canadian Community Health Survey 2015 reports changes in nutrient intakes among Canadians compared to 2004
On June 20th Statistics Canada released the report Canadian Community Health Survey-Nutrition: Nutrient intakes from food and nutritional supplements.
The 2015 Canadian Community Health Survey (CCHS) is a national health survey that collected information from Canadians aged one year and older about their eating habits and use of nutritional supplements, as well as other health factors. It also evaluates dietary changes since the survey was last conducted in 2004.
Compared to 2004, the 2015 CCHS report highlights that:
- The daily average energy intake was slightly lower in the 2015 survey. The report notes this change may be “largely due to measurement improvements in the 2015 survey and does not represent a substantial real change in energy intake”.
- Canadians consume more Calories from protein and fat, and fewer Calories from carbohydrates than they did in the 2004 CCHS.
“Among children and teenagers, the percentage of daily energy intake from carbohydrates edged down from 54.6% in 2004 to 53.4% in 2015, while among adults it decreased from 49.1% to 47.7%. “
The Statistics Canada Health Fact Sheet, “Nutrient intakes from food, 2015”, provides a more in-depth overview of the nutrient intake data by age groups and provinces.
The Canadian Sugar Institute Nutrition Information Service looks forward to the release of the data on sugars consumption among Canadians.
Until this information is released, data from CCHS 2004 continues to offer the best available information on sugars consumption in Canada. Several resources are available on this topic: