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Canucks’ COVID-19 outbreak grows to 18 players with Virtanen added to protocol list

B.C.’s provincial health officer says the COVID-19 outbreak sweeping through the Vancouver Canucks hockey team is a “cautionary tale.”

Dr. Bonnie Henry told reporters Tuesday that what’s happening with the team is a reminder that the virus spreads “very, very easily.”

“It just tells us that once this virus gets hold, it can spread very quickly, despite having routine testing protocols, having protocols to try and protect people as much as possible,” she said.

Right-winger Jake Virtanen was the latest Canuck placed on the NHL’s COVID-19 protocol list Tuesday. Eighteen of the 22 players on the team’s active roster are currently on the list.

Officials with Vancouver Coastal Health have been working with the team to make sure players and their families are being tested and getting the health care they need, Henry added.

She also disputed multiple reports that the Canucks’ outbreak is linked to the P1 variant first identified in Brazil.

WATCH | Canucks sidelined by COVID-19:

The Vancouver Canucks have cancelled several upcoming games after a COVID-19 outbreak hit at least half the team’s roster. 1:59

“I’m not aware that any of the cases in the Canucks organization are related to P1,” she said. “I don’t know where that started, but not that I’m aware of.”

The Canucks and NHL have not commented publicly on results of tests since coach Travis Green confirmed the initial case last week.

Vancouver forward Adam Gaudette was the first to test positive during the outbreak, and was pulled off the ice midway through practice on March 30 after the result came back.

The NHL postponed four Canucks games the following evening when defenceman Travis Hamonic and a member of the coaching staff were added to the list.

Two additional games are now listed as postponed on the Canucks’ website and it’s unclear when Vancouver will return to the ice. A total of six games have been postponed.

Vancouver forwards Travis Boyd, Jalen Chatfield, Jayce Hawryluk, Nils Hoglander, Bo Horvat, Zack MacEwen, Marc Michaelis, Tyler Motte, Antoine Roussel and Brandon Sutter, defencemen Alex Edler, Quinn Hughes and Tyler Myers, and goalies Thatcher Demko and Braden Holtby have all joined the list over the past week.

A player on the COVID-19 protocol list has not necessarily tested positive. Players who are in self-isolation after travelling or who’ve been in close contact with someone who tested positive, for example, are also on the list.

The list does not include team staff or players not on the active roster, including those on the taxi squad.

The league’s protocols require players and staff to be tested daily. Any time an individual’s initial test comes back positive, the lab does a second test on the initial sample.

If the second test is negative, a second sample is collected. But if that sample returns a positive result, it’s considered to be a “confirmed positive.”

The Canucks’ outbreak comes amid a surge in cases across B.C. The province recorded 1,068 new cases Tuesday.

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7 more Canucks added to NHL’s COVID protocol list, bringing total to 14

Seven Vancouver Canucks have been added to the NHL’s COVID-19 protocol list, bringing the team’s total to 14.

The NHL announced Saturday that goaltender Thatcher Demko, defenceman Tyler Myers and forwards Bo Horvat, Tyler Motte, Travis Boyd, Jayce Hawryluk and Brandon Sutter have been added to the list.

They join goaltender Braden Holtby, defencemen Alex Edler, Quinn Hughes and Travis Hamonic and forwards Adam Gaudette, Zack MacEwan and Antoine Roussel.

The news comes as British Columbia set a record for positive cases Saturday with 1,072 new infections, up 1,018 from the day before.

It remains to be seen whether the increased number of Canucks players under protocol will result in additional missed games for the team. Vancouver has already had four games postponed, and as of now the team cannot practice before April 6.

Gaudette was pulled from Tuesday’s practice following a positive test result and added to the list that afternoon.

The NHL postponed the Vancouver’s Wednesday matchup with the Calgary Flames after another player — later identified as Hamonic — and an unnamed member of the coaching staff entered the league’s protocols.

Holtby, Edler, Hughes, MacEwan and Roussel were added Friday.

WATCH | Rob Pizzo recaps week 11 in the NHL’s all-Canadian division:

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A player on the COVID-19 protocol list has not necessarily tested positive.

The league’s protocols require players and staff to be tested daily. Any time an individual’s initial test comes back positive, the lab does a second test on the initial sample.

If the second test is negative, a second sample is collected. But if that sample returns a positive result, it’s considered to be a “confirmed positive.”

The league requires individuals with positive tests to self isolate for 10 days, and for close contacts to self isolate for two weeks.

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Want to know how much added sugar is in your favourite foods? Canadian companies don’t have to tell you

Despite having to disclose many details about ingredients, specific allergens, calorie counts and other nutritional information on labels, food manufacturers are not required to include the amount of added sugar a product contains and don’t have to disclose that information to an inquiring consumer, a CBC Marketplace investigation has found.

As part of its latest investigation, Marketplace reached out to the Coca-Cola Company, General Mills and Campbell Canada, asking how much added sugar is in some of their popular products: Coca-Cola’s Vitaminwater calcium orange, General Mills’ Liberté organic vanilla 0% yogurt, and Campbell’s condensed tomato soup. 

Only one company told us how much added sugar is in its product — and it turns out, they don’t have to.

“I’m not surprised,” said David Hammond, professor and university research chair in public health at the University of Waterloo. 

“I don’t think it’s in their interest to talk about just how many of their products and at what levels they add sugar.”

Under Canada’s Food and Drugs Act, Canadian food labels must list the total amount of sugars, which includes added sugars and any naturally occurring sugars like those in dairy, fruit and vegetables. The labels do not have to specify how much sugar the manufacturer has added to the product, often just for taste. 

Canadian food labels lacking

In an email, Health Canada said “the Food and Drugs Act and its regulations do not permit the declaration of added sugars information in the nutrition facts table.” 

However, Health Canada told Marketplace that, “Consumers are free to contact manufacturers directly to seek additional information about foods or ingredients that are not on the list of priority allergens or about added sugars in a product. While many manufacturers will provide such information, there is no obligation on the part of the manufacturer to do so.”

Dietitians recommend limiting daily added sugar intake, and the World Health Organization (WHO) and Heart & Stroke Canada, among others, offer guidelines. 

The WHO recommends limiting daily “free sugars” to 25 grams, or six teaspoons, for maximum health benefits. “Free sugars” include not only added sugars, but also the sugars naturally present in fruit juices and fruit juice concentrates. Heart & Stroke Canada recommends Canadians ideally consume less than five per cent, or six teaspoons, of added sugars a day. 

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David Hammond found added sugar in over 40,000 packaged food and beverage products found on Canadian store shelves. (David Hammond)

Back in 2015, Hammond researched the presence of added sugar in over 40,000 packaged food and beverage products available on Canadian store shelves by analyzing the ingredient list. He found added sugar in two-thirds of products, and he doesn’t believe anything has changed in the years since the study was published.

“It’s not just cookies and cakes. Most Canadians would be surprised to learn that some of the leading sources of added sugars are things like yogurt, bread,” said Hammond. 

Amount of added sugar tough to uncover

Marketplace bought the Vitaminwater, yogurt and soup products and tried to determine how much added sugar was in each. 

With only total sugar required on a Canadian food label, Marketplace worked with registered dietitian Stefania Palmeri to work out the nutrition math. 

Liberté organic vanilla 0% yogurt and Liberté organic plain 0% yogurt. Plain yogurts generally have only naturally occurring sugars and no added sugars. (David MacIntosh/CBC)

Liberté’s organic vanilla 0% yogurt has 19 grams of total sugar per ¾-cup serving. (David MacIntosh/CBC)

Liberté’s organic vanilla 0% yogurt has 19 grams of total sugar per ¾-cup serving.

In contrast, there is just five grams of total sugar per ¾-cup serving in Liberté’s organic plain 0% unsweetened yogurt. 

Palmeri’s best guess is that compared to the plain version, the vanilla yogurt has a whopping 14 grams of added sugar per ¾-cup serving, or about three teaspoons. Four grams of sugar is equivalent to about one teaspoon. 

“We’re not sure how much of this is added, but we’re still not doing well if this is the first thing we start with in the morning,” Palmeri said.

When Marketplace asked General Mills how much added sugar is in the yogurt, the company said it follows Health Canada labelling regulations, which include the labelling of total sugars in the product.

Registered dietitian Stefania Palmeri worked with Marketplace to determine the amount of added sugar in some popular products. (David MacIntosh/CBC)

U.S. does disclose added sugar on food labels

Campbell’s tomato soup was an interesting case. 

Unlike in Canada, added sugar is now listed on all nutrition facts labels in the United States — including the label for Campbell’s tomato soup. That’s because it’s now required in the U.S. under new regulations from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). 

On its U.S. website, the American Campbell’s tomato soup is listed as having eight grams of added sugar per 240-millilitre serving. 

WATCH | Here’s how much added sugar is in this tomato soup:

This tomato soup has added sugar. But you won’t find how much on Canadian nutrition labels. 2:38

When Marketplace called Campbell’s Canadian consumer line, no information about added sugar was provided for the product sold in Canada. However, later in emails, Campbell’s said it is “prohibited” by the Food and Drugs Act from including added sugar on the label, but did explain that the tomato soup it sells in Canada has 11 grams of added sugar in one 250-millilitre (one-cup) serving.

Despite the slightly larger serving size, that is still more sugar than the U.S. product.

Campbell’s condensed tomato soup has 16 grams of total sugar per one-cup serving. Campbell’s says 11 grams of it are added. (David MacIntosh/CBC)

“I don’t think most people have an awareness of how many places added sugars can be hidden,” said Palmeri. 

“When you’re looking at a tomato soup thinking, ‘I’m trying to eat more vegetables,’ you wouldn’t expect one of the ingredients to be glucose-fructose.”

Coca-Cola, the owner of Vitaminwater products, refused to tell Marketplace how many of the 32 grams of total sugar in its product are added sugar. 

However, it did say “too much sugar isn’t good for anyone,” and noted that it offers many low- or zero-sugar drinks including zero-sugar Vitaminwater. 

Palmeri suspects all of it is added, considering the second ingredient in the water is cane sugar. In the U.S., the label for Vitaminwater orange lists 27 grams of sugar, all of it added.

Vitaminwater calcium orange has 32 grams of total sugar in one bottle. Our experts believe all of it is added. (David MacIntosh/CBC)

Time for change

Hammond says consumers deserve to know about added sugar in their food.  

“We need to do something because the status quo certainly isn’t helping consumers at all,” he said.

Canadian consumers were consulted about new food labels back in 2013 and 2014. In the “Consulting Canadians to Modernize and Improve Food Labels” report, Canadian consumers requested that new food labels include a daily maximum value for sugar, as well as the breakdown of “naturally occurring” and “added” sugars.

But industry stakeholders pushed back, questioning the scientific basis of requiring that added sugars be on nutrition labels, “given that the body metabolizes naturally occurring and added sugars in the same way.” 

Industry stakeholders also expressed other concerns, including the cost of declaring added sugar information on labels, and cited U.S. research that found consumers had a “limited understanding” of what added sugar means.

It’s not clear which companies or manufacturers participated in the pushback. 

In emails, Marketplace asked Health Canada why added sugar will not be on the new nutrition labels, which are currently rolling out across the country.  

Health Canada replied that feedback in 2014 indicated that Canadians found the information about added sugars “confusing.” 

Health Canada also said it determined that having an added sugars declaration would be inconsistent with the WHO guideline on sugars, which recommends that people reduce their consumption of free sugars and not just of added sugars. Health Canada also told Marketplace it believes that information on the new labels — including the “% daily value” (DV) and a new footnote indicating “5% or less is a little, 15% or more is a lot” — will help educate consumers. 

(Health Canada)

Health Canada also introduced the requirement to group sugars-based ingredients together within the list of ingredients following the term “sugars.” The agency says that, “Together, these new requirements will support reduction in Canadians’ sugars intake.”

Hammond strongly disagrees and says research shows more Canadians were able to identify the presence of added sugar in a product when information for added sugar was clearly indicated on the nutrition label.

“Canadians are trying to make healthier choices … and one of the things they care about is how much added sugar is in there,” he said. 

“This should not be rocket science.”

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Microsoft Just Added 20 Bethesda Games to Xbox Game Pass

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Microsoft’s Game Pass has been around for a while, offering a range of reasonably popular games with a single monthly subscription. Game Pass is about to get a big boost in its game catalog courtesy of the Xbox maker’s recent acquisition of Bethesda Softworks. Starting now, you can get instant access to 20 popular Bethesda games on Game Pass

Game Pass starts at $ 10 per month, but new subscribers can get a $ 1 trial month right now. Before today’s additions, there were already about 100 games available on Game Pass, including ARK, Gears 5, and No Man’s Sky. Here are all the new Bethesda games coming to Xbox Game Pass. 

  • Dishonored
  • Dishonored 2
  • Doom
  • Doom 2
  • Doom 64
  • Doom 3
  • Doom Eternal
  • Fallout New Vegas
  • Fallout 4
  • Fallout 76
  • Prey
  • Rage 2
  • The Elder Scrolls 3: Morrowind
  • The Elder Scrolls 4: Oblivion
  • The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim
  • The Elder Scrolls Online
  • The Evil Within
  • Wolfenstein: The New Order
  • Wolfenstein The Old Blood
  • Wolfenstein: Youngblood

Game Pass works on Xbox consoles, PC, and mobile. However, you won’t be able to play all of them everywhere. All of them work on Xbox and PC, but you’ll have to choose one or the other when you sign up for Game Pass at the $ 10 level. There’s a $ 15 version that includes both console and PC, as well as mobile access on Android. Only 16 of the games support mobile, which is accomplished via xCloud game streaming. As usual, Microsoft stresses that xCloud is still a beta product, and you’ll need a very reliable internet connection to play on your phone. When installed and played on the Xbox Series X or S, several of the titles will benefit from the new FPS Boost feature. 

There’s always the concern with “all you can play” services that something you like will end up leaving. We all know this pain from video streaming platforms like Netflix. But because Microsoft now owns these Bethesda titles, it’s unlikely they’ll ever leave Game Pass.

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Wheelchair mixed doubles curling added to 2026 Paralympics in Italy

The Paralympic community is celebrating after it was announced Wednesday that another discipline of the roaring game has been added to the 2026 Paralympics in Italy.

The International Paralympic Committee confirmed wheelchair mixed doubles curling has been provisionally approved as an additional event at the 2026 Paralympic Winter Games.

The announcement was made following official confirmation at a recent IPC board meeting.

Curling Canada’s national wheelchair coach Mick Lizmore says this addition is a boost for the sport. 

“This is truly good news for the sport of wheelchair curling, and will certainly add motivation to Canadian athletes as we work towards the debut of mixed doubles in 2026,” Lizmore said.

“It will open more eyes to the possibilities of getting involved with wheelchair curling.”

Canada’s success at Paralympics

Canada has had great success at the Paralympics in the mixed team event, having won three golds and a bronze medal since it was added to the program in 2006.

Now, Canadian curlers will have another chance to add to the medal haul at the 2026 Paralympics.

“This is about expanding the winter sport program,” said Martin Richard, executive director of communications for the Canadian Paralympic Committee.

“We only have five sports in the Paralympics right now so this is a great opportunity to show Canadians more winter athletes.”

Those five sports include nordic events, alpine skiing, snowboarding, para ice hockey and curling.

“I know the Paralympics community as a whole is quite excited. Our staff celebrated the news this morning. We knew this was coming but you just never know,” Richard said.

This now means that two curling events, mixed team and mixed doubles, are part of the 2026 Paralympic winter program. 

However, there will be changes to the number of teams competing — the mixed team event will go from 12 teams to 10 teams, meaning there will be 10 less athletes competing in that bonspiel. The mixed doubles wheelchair event will feature no more than eight teams — an increase of 16 athletes at the Games.

Final confirmation by late 2022 or early 2023

A final confirmation of all medal events and athlete quotas will be made by the International Paralympic Committee Governing Board in late 2022 or the first quarter of 2023.

World Curling Federation President Kate Caithness says they are absolutely delighted with the news, confirming that two wheelchair curling events will be included in the Paralympic program in 2026.

“We are confident that this new discipline will accelerate the visibility and growth of wheelchair curling in the coming years. This is a fundamental step in showcasing our sport and making it more accessible to everyone around the world,” she said.

The Canadian mixed team is coming off a silver medal performance at last year’s world wheelchair curling championship.

The upcoming world championship, which will also feature mixed doubles wheelchair curling for the first time, was scheduled for Lohja, Finland in January 2021. However, the event has been cancelled and a new competition date in late 2021 is being explored. 

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U.S. economy added 638,000 jobs in October, slowest gain in 5 months

The U.S. economy created the fewest jobs in five months in October and more Americans are working part time, the clearest evidence yet that the recovery from the pandemic recession was slowing as fiscal stimulus ends and new COVID-19 cases explode.

The Labour Department’s closely watched employment report on Friday also showed 3.6 million people were out of work for more then six months, underscoring the challenges the next president, whether it is incumbent Republican Donald Trump or Democrat Joe Biden, confronts to keep the economy growing as it heals from the deepest recession since the Great Depression.

Biden edged closer to winning the White House early on Friday as he took a narrow lead over Trump in the battleground state of Pennsylvania. Trump on Thursday alleged fraud without providing evidence, suggesting some votes cast in Tuesday’s election were ‘illegal’ and launching lawsuits in several states over the ballot counting process.

Non-farm payrolls increased by 638,000 jobs last month after rising by 672,000 in September. That was the smallest gain since the jobs recovery started in May and left employment 10.1 million below its peak in February. A 271,000 increase in leisure and hospitality jobs accounted for about two-fifths of the payrolls gain last month.

Interest rates remain near zero

Employment in professional and business services increased by 208,000, with about half of the job gains in temporary help services. Government payrolls fell 268,000, weighed down by the departure of temporary workers hired for the 2020 Census and further job losses at cash-strapped state and local governments.

Economists polled by Reuters had forecast payrolls advancing by 600,000 jobs in October.

A contested election reduces the chances of another coronavirus rescue package from the government this year. Even if more fiscal policy is agreed on, it will likely be smaller than had been anticipated before the election.

That will shift the spotlight to the Federal Reserve. The U.S. central bank kept interest rates near zero on Thursday. Fed Chair Jerome Powell acknowledged the pace of improvement in the economy and labour market had moderated, noting that the recovery would be stronger with more fiscal support.

U.S. stocks took a breather on Friday after surging more than seven per cent this week. The dollar fell against a basket of currencies. U.S. Treasury prices were lower.

Long term unemployment

More than $ 3 trillion US in government pandemic relief for businesses and workers fuelled a historic 33.1 per cent annualized rate of economic growth in the third quarter. That followed a record 31.4 per cent pace of contraction in the April-June quarter.

Lack of fiscal stimulus and spiraling new coronavirus infections across the country have put the economy on a sharply slower growth path heading into the fourth quarter. Restaurants and gyms have moved outdoors, but cooler weather and the resurgence in COVID-19 infections could leave many in trouble.

Even if states and local governments do not impose new restrictions on businesses, consumers are likely to stay away, fearing exposure to the respiratory illness. The United States set a one-day record for new coronavirus cases on Wednesday with at least 102,591 infections, according to a Reuters tally.

Though small and medium-sized businesses have suffered most from the pandemic, large corporations have not been spared. Exxon Mobil last month announced 1,900 layoffs in the United States. Boeing said it expected to eliminate about 30,000 jobs, 11,000 more than previously planned, by end-2021.

The unemployment rate fell to 6.9 per cent from 7.9 per cent in September. But it continued to be biased down by people misclassifying themselves as being “employed but absent from work.”

Without this recurring mistake, the government said the jobless rate would have been about 7.2 per cent in October.

While the unemployment rate has dropped from a peak of 14.7 per cent in April, that is not a true reflection of the labour market’s health. The number of people out of work for more than six months surged by 1.2 million to 3.6 million in October.

The number of people working part time for economic reasons increased by 383,000 to 6.7 million, reflecting reduced hours because of slack work or business conditions.

At least 21.5 million people were receiving unemployment benefits in mid-October. Many people, mostly women, have dropped out of the labour force to look after children or because they fear contracting the virus.

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Baseball debates ‘NHL-ization’ of playoffs if 6 teams are added

Maybe this might get Mike Trout back into the playoffs.

Major League Baseball is tossing around plenty of ideas these days to start up a shortened season delayed by the coronavirus pandemic — a DH in the National League, neutral-site games, personal rosin bags for pitchers.

Now comes a proposal that would truly upend the sport: up to 16 playoff teams.

More than half the 30 clubs advance. No need to finish over .500, probably. In this skewed season, heck, perhaps 35 wins in 76 games or so could be enough to play into October.

What’s next, the Winnipeg Jets in the World Series?

OK, we’ve heard this before, that an extra wild-card team or two represents the NHL-ization of baseball. But to some, an expansion from 10 playoff clubs to 16 would mean the end of civilization as we know it.

Longtime manager Jim Riggleman chuckled at that notion.

“I think that whatever they come up with this year to play, anything goes. That’s fine,” he said. “But moving forward into next year, I wouldn’t be in favour of that many teams making the playoffs. I don’t think many players would be, either.”

“To say that 16 of 30 teams are playoff teams,” he said, “you’ve got to raise the bar higher than that.”

WATCH | Commissioner Rob Manfred confident deal will be reached:

Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred tells CNN on Thursday he is confident Major League Baseball will reach an agreement with the Major League Baseball Players Association to return to action this season. 1:09

Other sports are accustomed to a plethora of post-season hopefuls.

The NBA has been putting 16 of 30 teams in the playoffs. The NHL welcomes 16 of 31. The NFL will bump up from 12 squads to 14 of 32 this season.

For Aaron Judge, Clayton Kershaw, Juan Soto and others on elite teams, an expanded playoff field and extra games might make it tougher to bring home the trophy. In its offer to players Monday, MLB didn’t specify how a playoff format would work with as many as eight teams in each league for this year and 2021.

For Josh Bell, Joey Votto, Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and more whose clubs often are way behind, this could be an opportunity. Get off to a surprising 15-6 start in a dramatically shortened season, and there’s a chance.

No doubt, a lot of Trout fans wouldn’t mind that. The three-time AL MVP and eight-time All-Star has never won a playoff game in his career — he made it only once, when his Angels were swept by Kansas City in the 2014 Division Series.

Would this definitely lead to subpar clubs in the playoffs?

Put it this way: If eight teams had qualified for the playoffs in each league from 1995 (when wild cards started) through 2019, a total of 46 MLB clubs at or below .500 would have made it, the Elias Sports Bureau said. That’d average out to just under two per season.

Only once has a big league team reached the playoffs with a losing record. George Brett, Willie Wilson and the 1981 Royals went 50-53 overall but qualified for an expanded post-season because of a 30-23 mark in the second half of a strike-split season.

Veteran skipper Bobby Valentine is OK with extra playoff teams — with a caveat.

“More the better this year,” he wrote in an email to The Associated Press, “but they should have copied the Japanese league.”

Valentine, who managed in Japan, pointed out the early playoff rounds there are hugely tilted. As in, those matchups automatically start at 1-0.

“The winner of the division gets a win in each round in advance. So there is real incentive to play every game hard,” he said. “If it is best-of-three, winner has to win one game. Wild card and other teams need to win two.”

For much of major league history, only the AL and NL pennant winners after the regular season got to advance — straight to the World Series. The post-season field became four in 1969 when division play began, then doubled to eight with wild cards in 1995. In 2012, extra wild cards boosted the playoff field to 10.

To Riggleman, who managed San Diego, the Cubs, Seattle and Washington, it’s already gone far enough.

“When wild cards first started, I wasn’t sure that I would like it, but I did,” he said. “But I didn’t like having more than one wild card in each league. It was like you played all year, you won (a) wild card, and now we lose one game and we’re out?”

“Beyond this season, talking about 16, I wouldn’t have that many teams in the playoffs,” he said. “You can water it down.”

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‘It’s everywhere in the food system’: Added sugar found in the diets of many babies, toddlers

Meal time at Alynn Casgrain’s home requires some co-ordination.

While her 11-month-old twin boys, Sam and Jake, wait patiently in their high chairs, four-year-old big sister Noelle cuts the vegetables for a pizza the whole family will soon be eating.

Casgrain and her husband, David Upper, believe their children should eat the same things they eat. That’s because the Toronto mom was surprised by the added sugars she found in products designed for infants and toddlers.

“Those yogurt drinks were shocking. Low fat, all sugar,” said Casgrain.

A recent study published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics backs that up. It found that nearly 61 per cent of infants (6-11 months) and 98 per cent of toddlers (12-23 months) consumed added sugars as part of an average daily diet.

The added sugars were mainly found in flavoured yogurts and fruit drinks.

“We wanted to understand what the consumption of added sugars were among infants and toddlers. It’s a group that’s not very well studied, so we wanted to add to the research base,” said lead investigator Kirsten Herrick, with the U.S. National Cancer Institute in Bethesda, Md.

Nutrition experts warn us to try to limit our intake of added sugars, but they are everywhere: in breakfast cereals, baked goods, even yogurt and pasta sauces. (Jonathan Hayward/Canadian Press)

Herrick’s team analyzed data from 1,211 young children. They found that infants consumed about one teaspoon of added sugars daily; toddlers consumed about six teaspoons.

Experts, including the World Health Organization, say children should consume no more than six teaspoons of added sugar daily — an amount equal to about 25 grams.

“What was surprising was how early added sugar consumption started and how quickly it increased,” she said.

‘Kids eat like we do’

Herrick describes added sugars as an extra amount of sweetener that’s added to any food product. It could be table sugar, honey, maple syrup or fruit concentrate. And it’s “everywhere in the food system,” she said, from fruit drinks and baked goods, to yogurts.

Jess Haines, an associate professor of applied nutrition at the University of Guelph, isn’t surprised by the findings.

“Kids eat like we do. And adults, both in the U.S and Canada, we eat a fair bit of sugar,” she said.

Haines said the university came to similar conclusions in its long-term Guelph Family Health Study, where researchers looked at various routines of children between 18 months and five years of age. When it came to diet, it found that 54 per cent of them exceeded the six teaspoons of sugar per day.

Jess Haines is an associate professor of applied nutrition at the University of Guelph. (Craig Chivers/CBC)

Haines says that all this added sugar can have long-term health effects, starting with cavities.

“We also see that when kids have higher intakes of sugar that’s sustained over their lifetime, we can see an increased risk for cardiovascular disease, Type 2 diabetes later in life.”

As a parent herself, Haines understands that many babies and toddlers can be picky eaters. She also knows the time constraints many mothers and fathers face during the day, so she tries to recommend solutions that involve re-imagining what a snack can look like.

“Think of snacks, really, as mini-meals. Why not take some of the foods that you’ve had for either breakfast or lunch, make it smaller and they can have a snack like that during the day,” she said.

Alynn Casgrain agrees. She and her husband try to control the added sugar intake of their children, particularly at home, by making much of their food from scratch.

Casgrain hopes this will lay the groundwork for healthy eating decisions later in life — but she knows it won’t be easy.

“You have to be realistic about the fact that wherever they go, whether they’re going to see friends or grandparents or when they get older and make their own decisions, there’s going to be sweet stuff in front of them.”

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Google Has Added 10 More Stadia Games in Time for Launch

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As recently as last week, Google’s position was that it would launch Stadia with a carefully curated list of just 12 games. The list did include some big names like Destiny 2, Red Dead Redemption 2, and Mortal Kombat 11, but it’s not just about the quality. Gamers on any other platform have their pick of many more titles, so Google is changing course. It has almost doubled the number of launch games, adding ten more titles to the lineup just in time for public availability. 

Here’s the full list of Stadia launch titles, newly added games in bold. The new games fill in some gaps in the store, but we’re still only talking about 22 titles total. 

  • Assassin’s Creed Odyssey
  • Destiny 2: The Collection
  • GYLT
  • Just Dance 2020
  • Kine
  • Mortal Kombat 11
  • Red Dead Redemption 2
  • Rise of the Tomb Raider
  • Shadow of the Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition
  • Thumper
  • Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition
  • Attack on Titan: Final Battle 2
  • Farming Simulator 2019
  • Final Fantasy XV
  • Football Manager 2020
  • Grid 2019
  • Metro Exodus
  • NBA 2K20
  • Rage 2
  • Trials Rising
  • Wolfenstein: Youngblood

Notably, some of the new launch games are of the “simulation” variety. While our experience with Stadia’s performance was very positive, it’s always possible the service will struggle to keep up with the flood of new users on launch day. A simulation game will play fine even if Stadia lag a few frames. The shooters on the platform won’t be so forgiving, and there are several more of those in the new batch. 

Some of the new games were not slated for launch until 2020, based on Google’s rough timeline last week. Google’s Phil Harrison suggests that’s because Google was too conservative in its estimates and its partners managed to add Stadia support sooner than expected. Although, that’s not the sort of turnaround that happens in the space of a few days. More likely, Google saw the response to its scant initial offerings and opted to do away with its artificially drawn-out release schedule. 

All 22 Stadia launch titles are available for purchase today. Almost none of them were available during our review period. Currently, Stadia is only open to those who ordered the Founder’s Edition kit, but some of those won’t ship until later this month or early next. Founders all get three months of Stadia Pro, but you don’t lose access to games when that expires. You can still play Stadia at 1080p or upgrade to a Pro subscription for $ 10 per month. 

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Orders dropped a bit after calorie counts added to fast-food menus

Soon after calories were posted on fast-food menus, people cut back a little bit on what they ordered. But it didn’t last.
Customers at fast-food chains in Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas ordered an average of 60 fewer calories per transaction in the weeks after the figures were displayed, according to a study published Wednesday in the medical journal, BMJ. That amounted to a 4 per cent drop, and declines came largely from extras such as fries and desserts. 
After about a year, the drop was down to 23 calories.

Since orders likely included food for multiple people, the impact per person might be even smaller. But the decreases are averages and some people may have made bigger cuts while others didn’t make any, said study co-author Joshua Petimar of Harvard’s School of Public Health.  
“The strongest impact might be felt in the short term, whereas the long-term effects are still a little bit up in the air,” he said.
It’s the latest effort at sizing up how calorie counts influence what people order. A national law that went into effect last year in the U.S. requires chains with 20 or more locations to post calories. Some places, including New York City and California, imposed similar rules years ago to combat obesity. The idea is to give people information to make better choices. 

Past research has suggested calorie counts lead to modest or no changes, and Wednesday’s study suggests that also seems to be the case in the South, where obesity rates tend to be higher. Still, the authors say more research is needed to understand the effects of the practice, especially over the long run and in other settings, like sit-down restaurants.

Less fattening dishes? 

It could be that people don’t notice the numbers on crowded fast-food menus, or know what they mean, said Bonnie Liebman of the Center for Science in the Public Interest, which has pushed for calorie counts on menus.
“Like, is 600 a lot? Is 800 a lot?” she said.

Calorie needs vary, but a 40-year-old moderately active man is estimated to need around 2,600. Liebman said requiring restaurants to post calories is also a way to pressure them to make dishes less fattening.
The findings were based on sales data from 104 fast-food locations over three years. The owner provided the information but did not allow researchers to identify the chains. 

The locations posted calories counts in 2017, when the law was supposed to go into effect. The authors noted the study ended before the law’s postponed implementation last year, when awareness might have been greater. 
And they said people may have made changes the study didn’t capture, such as requesting no mayo or cheese, or deciding to stop going to the restaurant. The initial average drop in calories was driven by people buying fewer items rather than switching to lower-calorie options, the study found.
Even if the study didn’t find a big drop, it shows calorie counts can have an impact, said Brian Elbel, who researches calorie posting at NYU’s School of Medicine.
“I don’t think that 60 calories is going to turn the tide,” he said. “But I think it could be part of a broader set of efforts.” 

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