Canada’s Food Guide Gets Major Revamp With Less Focus on Milk and Meat
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I can bring to mind the Canada’s Food Guide to which I was introduced in primary school.
There were darling illustrations of food, divided into four colour-coded quadrants. A chicken — and what I assumed was her egg — in one section, a whole loaf of bread featured in another, an entire segment dedicated to dairy, and, included with the produce group, a bi-coloured fruit that I can’t place to this day.
In the middle of this grid, a smiling sun reassured me that this was diet at its happiest.
It was reported last week that the food guide is in the process of a revision, to be finalized and released later this year. It will mark the eighth iteration since launching as “Canada’s Official Food Rules” in 1942.
The latest version is described as favouring plants and plant-based protein over meat and dairy. The guide is also said to be going from four to three food groups; “vegetables and fruits,” “whole grains,” and a new “protein foods.”
Dedicated meat and dairy groups will be no more.
Instead, they will be folded in with other protein sources like newcomers tofu and chickpeas.
Since autumn of 2016, Health Canada has been consulting with regular Canadians as well as stakeholders who they define as “participants who are interested in or affected by Health Canada’s healthy eating initiatives.” That wouldn’t include food industry lobbyists, the agency promised.
But big meat and big dairy are doing some airing of grievances.