Sugar consumption among Canadians of all ages

Health Rep. 2011 Sep;22(3):23-7.


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.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Age Factors
  • Aged
  • Beverages*
  • Canada / epidemiology
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Dietary Carbohydrates / administration & dosage*
  • Energy Intake*
  • Female
  • Food*
  • Health Surveys
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Sex Factors
  • Young Adult


  • Dietary Carbohydrates