Canadian Sugar: A Global and Local History

Sugar is among the most controversial foods available 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?  Demonstrating that sugar is linked to our most private moments as well as to our most public concerns, this research rethinks Canada's relationship with sweet.

For more on this work, please keep an eye on my publications and talks.


Also check out the introductory video included on this page. It was made by University of Regina graduate student, Brandi Adams.  

*This project is currently funded by:

SSHRC Insight Grant ($91,826), “Canadian Sugar: A Local and Global History.” June 2020-May 2024.

SSHRC Insight Development Grant ($29,840), “Sugar: A Canadian History,” 2017–19.

University of Regina Faculty of Research and Graduate Studies Undergraduate Research Internship Award ($8,500), 2020.

University of Regina Faculty of Arts Publication Fund ($2,179), 2020.

University of Regina Faculty of Arts Dean’s Research Award ($4,860), 2019


University of Regina President’s Research Seed Grant Award ($4,860), 2019