Canada’s New Food Guide Is Going To Change How You Eat

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Canada;s new food guide

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:

Photo: Health Canada

Well, there’s a new food guide in town and it’s not a part of the original group chat.

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Canada’s New Food Guide

Canada's new food guide

Photo: Health Canada

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.


“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.

“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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