Changes to Canada’s Food Guide

Since 2007 Canada’s food guide as remained untouched, which is not surprising due to the political implications of the guide. Various sectors of agriculture have stakes in what the food guide recommends so changing it is sure to make some waves. The full guide is not set to be released until late 2019. However, the “guiding principles” and some draft versions are out now. Judging from these early indications it appears the guide is going to undergo some drastic changes. One example is the guides shift away from meats and dairy products, instead promoting “a high proportion of plant-based foods without necessarily excluding animal foods altogether.” The key point being the end of that quote. Jennifer Taylor, one of the experts working on the guide, emphasized that “[the guide] doesn’t exclude milk or beef or chicken,” instead it is trying get Canadians to consider protein options, like from beans, while also promoting a more environmentally-sustainable diet. Early versions of the guide also appear to have less of an importance on serving sizes, due to the fact it is difficult to pinpoint an amount that every person needs since individuals will need different amounts of each group and amounts of food in general. There will be much controversy over the changes to Canada’s food guide. However it is important to remember that many experts using the most recent and accurate data in order to produce a guide that will help Canadians “improve health, meet nutrient needs, and reduce the risk of nutrition-related chronic diseases and conditions.”

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