By: Ivy Tang, Product Safety Specialist, email
After nearly a decade, Canada’s Food Guide is finally getting a much-needed update to reinforce the foundation of healthy eating, while proposing major changes to reflect the growing cultural and dietary diversity of the population.
The initial Draft (https://www.foodguideconsultation.ca/) follows four guiding principles focused on overall nutrition. A plant-based diet will be emphasized, and protein-rich foods will likely be grouped together, potentially eliminating the meat and milk categories. There will also be a bigger emphasis on avoiding and limiting processed foods high in sugar, fats, and sodium. Taken into consideration are modern issues such as environmental impact, alternative diets such as vegetarianism or veganism, and cultural diversity. Perhaps the most interesting principle is the Guide’s focus on teaching Canadians how to shop and cook nutritiously and encouraging families and friends to eat together. The new Guide will undoubtedly affect the way nutrition is taught in schools, how grocery stores are stocked, and affect the types of meals served in institutions such as hospitals and day cares. Overall, it is expected to ‘represent major change’ in Canada’s growing food culture.
Public consultation of the Draft will close August 4th. Results will be published later this year. Dell Tech Laboratories has specialized in making sense of complex Canadian Regulations for over 35 years.
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