What’s the scoop on sugar?
CIHR and Health Canada supporting research on sugar intake and sugar reduction strategies
Obesity is on the rise in Canada and in countries throughout the world, resulting in an increase in diseases such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and some cancers. In an effort to reverse this trend, policy makers are intervening to reduce free-sugar consumption at the population level.
A number of avenues are being explored to discourage excess sugar consumption. These include introducing policies and educational programs (such as updating dietary guidelines and implementing public awareness campaigns), changes to nutrition labelling regulations, and fiscal measures such as taxation.
CIHR, in partnership with Health Canada’s Office of Nutrition Policy and Promotion and Bureau of Nutritional Sciences, is providing $2 million to support research that will inform such policies and programs that seek to reduce free sugar consumption and improve the overall health outcomes of Canadians.
- The high cost of free sugars on health
Paying the consequences of sugar-rich diets: Having a sweet tooth can kill you
- Can nutrition labels and taxation be used to reduce sugar consumption?
Investigating the influence of front-of-package labelling and price on the food choices Canadians make
- Reducing sugar intake – Healthy Kids Community Challenge
Investigating the effectiveness of Ontario’s population health intervention to reduce sugar intake
- Do beverages containing artificial sweeteners come with unintended consequences?
Do certain artificial sweeteners disrupt the balance of the gut microbiome and does this imbalance have health consequences?
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