Remember learning about the food groups: grains, meat and alternatives, fruits and vegetables and milk products?
We were taught how much to eat and from what group, in a convenient chart:
Well, there’s a new food guide in town and it’s not a part of the original group chat.
Canada’s New Food Guide
Instead of the four food groups and recommended serving sizes, this new guide encourages Canadians to follow three guidelines: what to eat regularly, what to avoid along with cooking and preparing meals at home.
The new food guide was revealed by Health Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor on Tuesday in Montreal. The last time it was revised was 2007.
Canada’s new food guide is really similar to the one developed by Harvard’s School of Public Health a few years ago! Really neat to see this change toward a simplified and mostly plant-based model. pic.twitter.com/CCsy1Ikhcq
— Fierah (@fierah) January 22, 2019
“Canadians deserve an easy simple source of advice they know they can trust,” said Taylor.
Health Canada recommends eating plenty of vegetables and fruits, making up half your plate, whole grain foods and protein foods.”
Health Canada also noted that protein foods should more often than not, come from plant sources.
The new Canada’s Food Guide doesn’t seem to include chocolate covered pretzels; and its advice to eat slowly in a good setting doesn’t specify eating in a parked car in a gym parking lot while waiting for the family slowpoke. Perhaps an inadvertent omission?
— Andrea Chandler (@ASusanChandler) January 22, 2019
“It’s not about portion per se, but perhaps about proportion,” said Dr. Hasan Hutchinson, director general of Health Canada’s Office of Nutrition Policy and Promotion, Health Products and Food Branch, to reporters.
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