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. 


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