Most Canadians eat too much sugar. Sugars occur naturally in foods such as fruit, milk, honey and syrup. However, most of the sugar we eat has been added to food to make it taste sweet. Sugar is added to many types of food, such as soft drinks and juice drinks; cereal, cookies, candy, cakes and pastries; jams and ice cream. Some sauces and condiments – ketchup, for example – are very high in sugar.
Foods and drinks with added sugar have lots of calories but usually contain few nutrients – and they don’t help you feel full for long. For this reason, they are sometimes described as “empty calories”.
Eating lots of foods that have sugar added means you are more likely to put on weight. Research shows that being overweight increases your risk of cancer, so try to eat these foods less often.
The Canadian Cancer Society is actively lobbying the federal government to establish a national caregivers strategy to ensure there is more financial support for this important group of people.