Canadian Sugar: A History

Sugar is the most controversial food item available on the market today. According to some it is the leading cause of Type II diabetes and obesity. Sugar has also been linked to heart disease, kidney failure, Alzheimer’s, cancer, inflammation, nerve problems, tooth decay, and gout. Nevertheless, Canadians show little interest in decreasing their sugar intake, with most consuming an average of 26 teaspoons daily. In contrast, the daily average global sugar intake per person is 17 teaspoons.

 

How did Canadians become such avid sugar consumers? And, what are the politics of sugar use? Currently, I am engaged in a multi-year research project that gets to the heart of these questions. Demonstrating that sugar is linked to our most private moments as well as to our most public concerns, this project rethinks Canada's relationship with sweet.

For more on this work, please keep an eye on my publications. Also check out the introductory video included on this page. It was made by University of Regina graduate student, Brandi Adams.  

*This project is being funded by a SSHRC Insight Development Grant, awarded 2017.