Healthy Eating Choose Less Sugar
A discussion on the sources of sugar and the health consequences of too much sugar will help participants get the most from this mini-lesson and the learning activities.
To help you lead this discussion, use the Choose Less Sugar PowerPoint Presentation and speaker notes. You may need to present this information in a format suitable for the group situation. You might copy the key information onto flip chart paper or make overhead projector transparencies. You might also choose to distribute handouts of the presentation slides.
- Begin this lesson by reviewing Canada's Food Guide. Distribute a copy of the Food Guide to each person.
Highlight the key messages that focus on reducing sugar:
- Choose vegetables and fruit prepared with little or no added sugar.
- Have vegetables and fruit more often than juice.
- Choose grain products that are lower in sugar.
- Limit foods and beverages high in sugar.
Use the information on each PowerPoint slide to guide your discussion on fats. The following discussion points for the leader may also help:
Choose Less Sugar PowerPoint Presentation
- Slide 2: What is Sugar?
- Slide 3 - 10: Canada's Food Guide and Sugar
- Slide 11: Health Risks of Too Much Sugar
- Slide 12 - 13: Reading Food Labels for Sugar
- Slide 14 - 15: What About Artificial Sweeteners?
- Slide 16: Sugar Shock Activity
- Slide 17 - 18: How to Choose Less Sugar - Beverages
- Slide 19 - 20: How to Choose Less Sugar - Foods
Sugar Shock Activity
- Ask participants to work in pairs or small groups. Distribute one Sugar Shock Worksheet to each pair or small group. Ask groups to answer the questions on the worksheet. The aim of this activity is to identify choices that are lower in sugar and choices that are higher in sugar. Participants may be surprised at the amount of sugar that some foods and beverages contain.
- Encourage participants to use their best guess as they determine which choices are lowest and highest in sugar. Then, to check their work, they can refer to the Nutrition Facts Tables provided on the back of the worksheet. Allow about 5 minutes for groups to work on this activity.
- Starting with Worksheet #1, have each group report on their work by reading out the questions and their findings to the whole group. Encourage participants to highlight any foods or beverages that were shockingly high in sugar.
- As each small group reports back, ask participants to suggest tips and ideas for choosing less sugar related to the theme of their worksheet. Review these ideas using Slides #17 and #19.
- Encourage the participants to make lower sugar choices for their next beverage, snack and meal.
- Suggest additional resources related to this session.
- Distribute an evaluation for each person to complete. The feedback you get will be useful in planning future sessions.