Health Report: Sugar Consumption Study Results
Consumption of sugary beverages is associated with the risk of dental caries and poor oral health. To help dentists and healthcare professionals better understand Canadian’s consumption of *free sugars, Statistics Canada just released a Health Report detailing the results of a cross-sectional survey that includes data collected in 2004 and from *January to December 2015.
How Much Sugar are Canadians Consuming?
Ages 19 and over
What does it mean?
According to the report, “Despite the high proportions found in this study, percentages of sugary beverages consumed in 2015 were significantly lower than in 2004, which suggests a decrease in consumption across age groups”.
Talking to your patients about sugary drinks and food
The World Health Organization recommends reducing the intake of free sugars to less than 10% of total energy intake. To help your patients make healthier choices when consuming sugar direct them to:
Until next time!
CDA Oasis Team
*Free sugars refer to monosaccharides and disaccharides added to foods by the manufacturer, cook or consumer, and sugars naturally present in honey, syrups and fruit juices. Since national-level free sugars data are not currently available for Canadians, total sugars intake was examined to understand sugars intake in the population.
* To account for potential misreporting in comparisons of total sugars intakes between the two surveys, respondents were classified by survey year as under-reporters, plausible reporters or over-reporters, based on a comparison of their total predicted energy expenditure and their reported energy intake