TORONTO, Feb. 13, 2013 /CNW/ - In response to a petition by the Center for Science in the Public
Interest regarding caloric sweeteners in beverages, the Canadian
Beverage Association issued the following statement:
"Research shows clearly that no one single food or beverage can be
linked to obesity, and scientific evidence does not support that sugar,
in any of its various forms, is a unique cause of health conditions
such as obesity, diabetes, hypertension, cardiovascular disease or
metabolic syndrome. In fact, the Canadian government looked at fats,
carbohydrates, protein and fibre in the diet and concluded 'it is not
what you eat, but rather, how much - the total number of calories
consumed -that significantly contributes to obesity.' Linking sugar
causally to these issues is an oversimplification and helps no one.
The facts in Canada are:
The Canadian Community Health Survey shows that less than 2.5 per cent
of the calories in Canadian diets come from soft drinks, with over 97.5
per cent coming from other sources.
Soft drink consumption has declined by 32 per cent in the past 12 years,
according to Statistics Canada.
The beverage industry is committed to providing a variety of products
for every lifestyle and occasion through an expanding portfolio of
low-and no-calorie beverages as well as regular beverages in smaller
With the launch of Clear on Calories, beverage companies have voluntarily added calorie labels to the front
of all their packages, making it easier than ever for consumers to know
how many calories are in their beverage choice before making a
In 2004 Canadian beverage companies voluntarily launched Guidelines for the Sale of Beverages in Schools which removed full-calorie soft drinks from all schools and replaced
them with lower-calorie choices and in elementary and middle schools
product selection was limited to water, milk or 100 per cent
unsweetened juices in a smaller package.
We look forward to working with all interested groups in making further
strides in bringing down obesity levels and helping Canadians make
informed decisions for themselves and their families."
The Canadian Beverage Association is the national trade association
representing the broad spectrum of brands and companies that
manufacture and distribute the majority of non-alcoholic liquid
refreshment beverages consumed in Canada.
SOURCE: Canadian Beverage Association
For further information:
Canadian Beverage Association
Work: (416) 362-2424