June is “Stroke Month” and the PEI Healthy Eating Alliance is pleased to be working with the PEI Heart & Stroke Foundation to raise awareness about excess sugar consumption, which can lead to stroke.It is estimated that Canadians consume as much as 13% of their total calorie intake from added sugars.Excess sugar consumption is associated with adverse health effects including heart disease, stroke, obesity, diabetes, high blood cholesterol, cancer and dental caries (cavities).Individuals who consume more than 10% (but less than 25%) of total calories from added sugar have a 30% higher risk of death from heart disease or stroke compared to those who consume less than 10%. For those who consume 25% or more of calories from added sugar, the risk is nearly tripled.
Sugar sweetened beverages (SSBs) are the single largest contributor of sugar in the diet. A single 355 mL can of sugar-sweetened soda contains up to 40 grams (about 10 teaspoons) of sugar and no health benefits.
The PEI Healthy Eating Alliance is working with the Heart & Stroke Federation PEI to educate Islanders about ways to reduce their sugary drink consumption. For more information, check out HSF Be Sugar Smart.
- increased access and availability of healthy foods in various places
- enhanced nutrition knowledge of how to choose healthy foods and beverages
- improved food skills in order to prepare healthy meals and snacks
- improved ability to purchase healthy food
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