The Updated Canadian Food Guide

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If you grew up in Canada, chances are you remember the old food guide very clearly: a colourful rainbow where every colour is a different width, representing the suggested consumption ratio of each food group. Along the side, servings were defined and numbered, and recommendations were provided that included “drink milk every day.” This food guide was taught in curriculums throughout practically every elementary and high school.

The new food guide brings in many changes – no food groups, no recommended portions, and no more dairy. Instead, they opt to say fill half your plate with produce, a quarter with whole grain foods, and the other quarter with protein foods.

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.

This is completely in line with the plantbased principles.

Eat more plants, and reduce your processed, refined, and animal based products. The food guide also outlines the importance of food skills, being able to cook your own food, and taking the time to enjoy the 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