Saturday, March 15, 2014

Reducing Sugar – A Priority for Canadians During Nutrition Month

TORONTO, ON (February 26, 2014) – March is Nutrition Month – the perfect time to resurrect your health-focused resolutions by making small changes to your lifestyle and diet. Healthy eating contributes to overall health and well-being. In fact, one small change can lead to big results.

A recent Canadian survey* conducted by Vision Critical for Truvia® sweetener – a naturally-sourced, stevia-based, calorie-free sweetener – indicates that 67 per cent of Canadians want to lead a healthier lifestyle in 2014 and 39 per cent plan to reduce their sugar intake.

Adopting a healthier lifestyle requires changes from diet and exercise to sleep and work-life balance; however, experts agree that it is easier to make one adjustment at a time. For example, cutting just 100 calories per day can equal a 10-pound weight loss over the course of one year.

“Making small changes to your diet, such as using Truvia® calorie-free sweetener in your coffee or tea as an alternative to sugar or other sweeteners can help you reach your goals faster," emphasizes Registered Dietitian Lydia Knorr.

The survey also found that:
  • Two–thirds (67%) prefer a sweetener from a natural source and one-third (32%) prefer sweeteners with zero calories 
  • Half of Canadians (48%) are willing to pay more for foods or beverages made with no artificial sweeteners
So if healthier eating is your goal, then why not start by switching to a naturally-sourced, stevia-based sweetener and get Nutrition Month off to the right start.


*About the Survey
From November 21, 2013 to November 26, 2013, an online survey was conducted among a sample of 1009 Canadian adults age 18+ who are also Angus Reid Forum panel members. The margin of error — which measures sampling variability — is +/-3.09%, 19 times out of 20. The sample was balanced by age, gender, region according to the most recent census data. Discrepancies in or between totals are due to rounding.


Article provided by The TruvĂ­a Company, LLC via Stephanie Bateman (Harbinger). All opinions expressed are the author's. For recipes please visit my food blog, What Smells So Good? and search "Truvia"

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I started my "working life" as a holistic and allopathic nutritional consultant with a love of cooking. Teaching the value of wholesome meal choices to families became close to my heart after I battled a long history of struggles with weight and health, and the passion for teaching led me into where I am now. My blog, which focuses on "bringing good taste to healthier food" through creative use of whole grains, fresh produce and acknowledging the importance of the occasional treat, also features a wealth of "specialty diet" friendly recipes for gluten-, egg-, dairy- and sugar- tree nut-free items that everyone can enjoy without alienating those who need them.

Overall, I want to bring back the desire for good quality, homemade, (mostly) healthy food into the hearts and kitchens of families so that the next generation will be less box-reliant than mine. I firmly believe that any “homemade” food, even when labelled as "naughty", is a more wholesome treat than pre-packaged, cookie-cutter junk. With the knowledge of good food (and how to cook good food) as a base, a healthy lifestyle can follow, and then anything is possible!

Today, my love for teaching is branching out even further - I'm in Montessori training to solidify my love for the system and working with children and families!