Understanding the Different Perspectives of Sugar


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Sugars have emerged as one of the most important public health concerns. Numerous health authorities have issued dietary guidelines to limit sugars. Dr. L'Abbe will discuss the 2015 World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines on sugars intake for adults and children in the context of the current proposed Health Canada changes to the labelling of sugars on food in Canada. Dr. Sievenpiper will discuss the state of the evidence linking sugars to body weight and cardiometabolic outcomes.Together these presentations will highlight the complexity of the controversies surrounding sugars.

Speakers:
Dr. Mary R. L'Abbé
Earle W. McHenry Professor and Chair of the Department of Nutritional Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, at the University of Toronto

Dr. Mary R. L'Abbé is the Earle W. McHenry Professor and Chair of the Department of Nutritional Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, at the University of Toronto, where she leads a research group on Food and Nutrition Policy for Population Health. Dr. L'Abbé is an expert in public health nutrition, nutrition policy, and food and nutrition regulations, with a long career in mineral nutrition research. Her research examines the nutritional quality of the Canadian food supply, food intake patterns, and consumer research on food choices related to obesity and chronic disease. Dr. L'Abbé a member of several committees of the WHO including the Nutrition Guidance Expert Advisory Group on Diet and Health and the Global Coordinating Mechanism for NCDs; the former which recently released the WHO Guidelines on Sugars. Dr. L'Abbé was co-chair of the Canadian Trans Fat Task Force, led the Trans Fat Monitoring Program and served as Chair and vice-Chair of the Canadian Sodium Working Group. Before joining the University of Toronto, Dr. L'Abbe was Director, Bureau of Nutritional Sciences at Health Canada. Dr. L'Abbé holds a PhD in nutrition from McGill University and has authored over 180 peer-reviewed scientific publications, book chapters and government reports.

Dr. Sievenpiper
Associate Professor in the Department of Nutritional Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto

Dr. Sievenpiper completed his MSc, PhD and Postdoctoral Fellowship training in the Department of Nutritional Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto. He completed his MD at St. Matthew's University, School of Medicine followed by Residency training in Medicial Biochemistry at McMaster University. Dr. Sievenpiper is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Nutritional Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto, where he holds the PSI Foundation Graham Farquharson Knowledge Translation Fellowship and a Canadian Diabetes Association Clinician Scientist Award. He is also a Consultant Physician in the Division of Endocrinology & Metabolism, Scientist in the La Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, and Knowledge Synthesis Lead of the Toronto 3D Knowledge Synthesis & Clinical Trials Unit at St. Michael's Hospital. His research is focused on using randomized controlled trials and systematic reviews and meta-analyses to address important questions in relation to diet and chronic disease prevention. He has authored over 110 scientific papers and 12 book chapters. Dr. Sievenpiper is directly involved in knowledge translation with appointments to the nutrition guidelines' committees of the Canadian Diabetes Association, European Association for the study of Diabetes (EASD), Canadian Cardiovascular Society (CCS), and American Society for Nutrition (ASN).

*** Original Source: "CNS Fall Webinar Series", Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Length: 1:31:38

Type: Video

Last Updated: October 15, 2015

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