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Health Canada’s New Food Guide

 February 5, 2019
Posted by NWT Recreation and Parks Association

On January 21, 2019, Health Canada released a new food guide.

The new food guide makes recommendations about healthy food choices.

For example:

  • Vegetables and fruit are an important part of healthy eating. They come in many forms, such as fresh, frozen, and canned.
  • Include a variety of protein foods in your diet. Plant-based protein foods can provide more fibre and contain less saturated fat than other types of protein foods, but wild fish and meat are an excellent choice.
  • Making healthy drink choices is as important as your food choices. Choosing water as your drink of choice means less calories, sodium, sugars, and saturated fat than other drink options.
  • Whole grain foods (e.g. oatmeal, brown rice) are a healthier choice than refined grains (e.g. white bread, white rice). Whole grain foods include all parts of the grain and have more fibre.

How we eat is as important as what we eat. The new food guide encourages Canadians to:

  • Cook more often;
  • Enjoy your food;
  • Eat meals with others;
  • Use food labels;
  • Limit highly processed foods (e.g. foods high in sodium, sugars, or saturated fat); and
  • Be aware of food marketing.

Taking time to eat, involving others in planning and preparing meals, and making culture and food tradition a part of healthy eating are also part of the new guideline’s recommendations.

Whether these guidelines are used in the home, at recreation facilities, or provide food for thought when hosting community events, we all play a role in creating supportive environments for healthy eating.

Click here to learn more about the new food guide.