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Sugar consumption among Canadians of all ages

Publication: Health Reports 2011:22(3)

Authors: Kellie Langlois and Didier Garriguet

Data:The 2004 Canadian Community Health Survey – Nutrition

According to the 2004 Canadian Community Health Survey—Nutrition, Canadians consumed an average of 110 grams (26 teaspoons) of sugar a day, approximately 20% of their total energy intake. While over 30% of this sugar came from vegetables and fruit, 35% came from the "other" foods category, which consists of items such as soft drinks, salad dressings and candy. The top ten sources of sugar accounted for approximately 85% of daily sugar intake. Beverages (milk, fruit juice, fruit drinks and regular soft drinks) represented 44% of the sugar consumed by children and adolescents, and 35% of that consumed by adults. Diabetics' average sugar intake was less than that of non-diabetics, but at 17%, exceeded the recommended 10% cut-off of total daily calories.

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For more information about this article, contact Kellie Langlois (1-613-951-3806;,Health Analysis Division, Statistics Canada.