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Consumption of added sugars in Canada has been declining over the past 20 years, mainly reflecting a decline in caloric soft drink consumption. "Added sugars" include all sugars, corn syrups, honey, and maple syrup added to foods and beverages. It does not include sugars that naturally occur in fruits, vegetables, and dairy products. It is estimated that Canadians consume approximately 11% of their energy (calories) as added sugars, equivalent to about 53 g of added sugars per person per day. This is considered a moderate amount and well below the suggested maximum of 25% in the Dietary Reference Intakes that form the basis of Canada's dietary guidance. This is also very close to the World Health Organisation (WHO) recommended intake of 10% free sugars based on the WHO review of research in relation to tooth decay. In Canada, the effective use of fluoride continues to be the most effective public health approach to the prevention of tooth decay. When people are looking for an estimate of sugar intake, they may mistakenly quote statistics called "per capita disappearance" or "sugar available for consumption" (reported as kilograms of sugar per person per year). This "disappearance" data is a measure of the amount of sugar produced in Canada plus imports minus exports, divided by the population of Canada. These numbers over time are helpful to follow trends but do not tell us how much sugar Canadians are actually eating. Rather, they substantially overestimate actual intake because they include sugars wasted or used up in the process of making foods (e.g., bread, wine). Wastage occurs at the retail, restaurant/institutional and household levels including cooking, storage, and plate losses, as well as non-food usage of sugars.
Comparison of Canadian and US Consumption Population Average per person per day (Added sugars estimated) Canada (CCHS 2004) US (NHANES 2003-04) Total Calories 2073 Calories 2195 Calories Total sugars (grams) - natural and added 110 g 133 g Added sugars (grams)* 55 g 88 g Added sugars (Calories) 220 Calories 352 Calories Added sugars (tsp) 13 tsp 21 tsp Added sugars (% Calories) 10.7% 15.9%
Carbohydrates primary source of energy Carbohydrates are the body’s most important source of energy. They may be obtained as sugars, starch or fibre. The AMDR for carbohydrates is 45% to 65% of daily calories. On average, carbohydrates accounted for 55.4% of the calories consumed by children and adolescents in 2004; for adults, the percentage was 50.1%
Stevia IS sugar. Still glucose but the sucrose (bad stuff) has been removed.
Now does eating a very very low carb/sugar diet for 6 months allow the pancreas to heal?