Recently, the Canadian government released a new and improved food guide. The new guide has been completely revamped from the previous one designed in 1942. One of the biggest changes made is the removal of four food groups and serving sizes. Instead, the new food guide focuses on three main food groups; fruits and vegetables, protein foods and whole grains. Where has milk products gone you wonder? Those are now grouped in with protein foods. Not only are milk and protein being group together as a new part of the food guide but also the types of proteins we are eating have changed. The newest food guide suggests we limit our animal protein intake for more sustainable and environmentally friendly options like alternative protein-rich foods such as legumes and nuts.
The newest food guide now looks at the proportions of each food group you are eating instead of serving sizes. It was noted that the serving sizes and measuring out meals was confusing and less than ideal for many Canadian families and instead looks to simplify the idea of eating by using proportions instead of exact servings.
The new food proportions are visually represented in the photo released of the new food guide. This shows a plate with half being covered with fruits and vegetables, a quarter of protein foods and another ¼ of whole grains.
Lastly, water has been highlighted as a significant portion of a healthy and balanced diet and is recommended to be Canadians drink of choice. Many Canadians drink fruit juices and soda drinks that can be loaded with significant amounts of sugar. The sugar needed for our body should be reserved for vegetables and fruits.
This newest food guide is thought to be focused more so on the nutrients and nutrition Canadian families need and is less so influenced by the food and drink industry. With a less restricted serving guideline and a more fluid approach to portioning, Canadians families can work to improve their diet by eating more balanced meals.