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Canada’s New Food Guide Looks to Cut Meat and Dairy Drastically

by | January 11, 2019

Health Canada will soon be releasing a new food guide, and there’s one food group that has been markedly reduced. The draft of Canada’s new food guide to get the opinion of focus groups, and dairy has been slashed drastically.

Canada's New Food Guide Looks to Cut Meat and Dairy Drastically
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Canada’s New Food Guide Looks to Cut Meat and Dairy Drastically

In the new food guide draft, that has not yet been released to the public, Health Canada seems to be taking the focus off meat and dairy products and shifting it towards plant-based foods. In the previous food guide, dating back to 2007, it was recommended that four servings of dairy be consumed daily by Canadians.

Jennifer Taylor, professor of foods and nutrition at UPEI, one of the experts consulted on the new guide, said that they went through every aspect of the proposed guidance, from processed food to environmentally-sustainable diets. The guiding principles, released back in 2017, included recommendations for Canadians to reduce consumption of processed foods and shift focus toward plant-based foods.

Taylor says there is a lot of alarm about the glaring lack of dairy on the proposed new food guide, but there doesn’t need to be. The draft doesn’t exclude meat and dairy, and it merely reduces it to steer Canadians to think about more plant-based proteins such as beans, legumes, and pulses.

Another drastic change in the draft of Canada’s new food guide is the layout. Gone is the rainbow format Canadians are used to seeing. In its place will be a grid-like design showing three food groups; protein, whole grains, and fruits and vegetables. For the protein section, there are images of tofu, chickpeas, peanut butter, milk, fish and a pork chop. For whole grains, there are pictures of rice, bread, and pasta. The vegetables and fruit section will have images of fresh, frozen, and canned produce, and will no longer include fruit juice.

Although Health Canada says that this draft is not the final food guide, it will see some changes, the first phase of the Canada’s new food guide is expected to be released sometime in January 2019.


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Julie Nealon

Associate Editor, New York USA | Contactable via [email protected]



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