The New Canadian Food Guide

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If you grew up in Canada, it would be safe to say that you remember the old food guide: a colourful rainbow where every colour is a different width, representing the ratio of these foods that you should eat. Along the side, servings were defined and numbered, and recommendations were provided that included “drink milk every day.” This food guide was taught in every elementary and high school.

The new food guide brings in many changes: no food groups, no recommended portions, and no more milk. Instead, they opt to say, fill half your plate with produce, a quarter with whole grain foods, and the other quarter with protein foods. And this is great. Here are their recommendations in full:

  1. Eat plenty of vegetables and fruits, whole grain foods and protein foods. Choose protein foods that come from plants more often.

  2. Limit highly processed foods. If you choose these foods, eat them less often and in small amounts.

  3. Make water your drink of choice

  4. Use food labels

  5. Be aware that food marketing can influence your choices

Completely in line with the plantbased principles. Eat more plants, reduce your animal food consumption. The food guide also outlines the importance of food skills, being able to cook your own food, and taking the time to enjoy your food. It contains tips on meal prep and food budgeting, as well as proper eating habits.

A positive and important improvement.

Read more about the Canadian food guide here.

NutritionLisa Lorles