A revised version of Canada’s Food Guide was recently released, which is the first revision in over 10 years. Changes include limiting processed foods, drinking more water, eating more fruits and vegetables, and cutting down on dairy.

Registered dietitian with the Northwestern Health Unit, Julie Slack,
details her thoughts on the guide’s new redesign.

I’m quite delighted. I think that Health Canada did a great job, I love it. What I like the most, is that it really incorporates things that I feel that we’ve lost in our society. We’ve really medicalized food in the last 10 to 15 years, we eat for nutrients but we don’t eat to enjoy our food.”

“In this new guide, it actually says to enjoy your food, cook with your families and friends, and I think that’s the piece that we’ve all lost. We need to cook, and teach our kids to cook, and have fun with it. Hopefully it will change how we’ve been thinking about our food.”

The new guide also no longer separates meat and dairy categories, and no longer uses traditional serving sizes and numbers. The new guide shows a visual of a plate, with half of it covered in fruits and vegetables. The other half is divided into proteins, using meat, dairy and plant-based foods. Fruit juices have also been cut from the guide.

It’s easier to understand, it’s more visual, and more realistic. Before, people found the servings and portions confusing, but now by just showing a plate, it’s so much easier to see.”

foodguidePhoto courtesy of Health Canada
Health Canada’s new Food Guide also recommends to:

- Choose protein foods that come
from plants more often,
- Choose foods with healthy fats opposed to saturated fats,
- Limit highly-processed foods,
- Prepare meals using little to no added sodium, sugars or saturated fats,
- Replace sugary drinks with water,
- Use food labels.

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