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Sugary beverages: Canadian health organizations project negative impact on consumers

May 4, 2017
By Canadian Vending

Ottawa – Canadians are consuming high amounts of sugary drinks, and if this continues, the consequences to our health and the health-care system will be devastating, suggests new research commissioned by several Canadian health organizations.

Young people drink the largest amount of sugary beverages, the organizations said in a news release. Research from the University of Waterloo projects sugary drink consumption will result in over 63,000 deaths and cost the health-care system more than $50 billion over the next 25 years.

The report estimates that sugary drink consumption in Canada will be responsible for:

  • more than 1 million cases of overweight and more than three million cases of obesity
  • almost one million cases of Type 2 diabetes
  • almost 300,000 Canadians with ischemic heart disease
  • more than 100,000 cases of cancer
  • almost 40,000 strokes
  • more than two million disability-adjusted life years (the number of years of healthy life lost due to ill health, disability or early death)

In 2015 Canadians purchased an average of 444 ml of sugary drinks per day. That is more than the equivalent of one can of pop per person, per day, every day. The average youth drinks 578 ml of sugary drinks each day which can contain up to 16 teaspoons or 64 grams of sugar. This puts them well over the recommended daily sugar maximum of no more than 10 per cent of total daily calories.


Although pop sales have been decreasing over the years, the research found growth in sales of newer products that offset these reductions:

  • energy drinks +638%
  • sweetened coffees +579%
  • flavoured water +527%
  • drinkable yogurt +283%
  • sweetened teas +36%
  • flavoured milk +21%
  • sports drinks +4%.

The research was commissioned by Canadian Cancer Society, Canadian Diabetes Association, Childhood Obesity Foundation, Chronic Disease Prevention Alliance of Canada, and Heart & Stroke. The research was carried out at the University of Waterloo by Amanda C. Jones, Dr. J. Lennert Veerman and Dr. David Hammond. The study included an analysis of national data on sugary drink sales and consumption in Canada, and projected the health and economic impact of sugary drinks in Canada.

Read the full report here.