Many health associations have been making sugar reductions part of their campaigns, be it by educating people on how much sugar really is in their foods or encouraging at the very least they reduce their sweetened beverage intake.
Naturally this has resulted in some backlash from the food industry, particularly beverage companies like Pepsi and Coke.
In Canada, much like in the US we are now looking as adding information on our food labels to better inform consumers on how much added sugar is in our foods. Right now, if you look at the back of a package you can see the grams of sugar, but it does not distinguish between the natural sugars (say from dairy, fruit or grains) and the refined sugars and corn syrups that are added on top. I think this is a great move; the only challenge is that many people still don't understand what a gram of sugar looks like. As a reference, 4 grams of sugar is equal to 1 teaspoon or one of those little packets of sugar you get at restaurants.
Watch the video below for more information on the impacts of sugar. Jon certainly has a different idea on how to represent sugar on the back of products. I'm going to stick with teaspoons though because I can't be brought to eat those candy marshmallow peanuts :) #ShowUsYourPeanuts