Let’s face it, that dairy, grain and meat heavy Canada’s Food Guide is overdue for a re-vamp! We will see the new-guide early in the new year, in the meantime here is a sneak preview of some of the exciting new changes you can expect .
-Proteins will be lumped together making it easier to incorporate a variety of choices daily ie, meat, dairy and plant-based choices are in the same category.
-Processed foods and beverages will be discouraged, especially refined carbohydrates like those found in pre-made baking, snack foods, convenience meals and take out. Sweetened beverages like pop, energy drinks and high caloric coffee drinks are excluded and no more chocolate milk or juices in the food guide.
-Mindful eating will be encouraged, paying attention to feelings of fullness, hunger, enjoying eating slowly and loving your body.
-Families gathering around food to promoting a healthy involvement in cooking and eating meals together.
-Meatless meals will be emphasized to help families include plant-based protein in their diets.
-Reduction in saturated fat consumption ie. butter,red meat, high fat dairy and promotion of un-saturated fats ie. olive oil, seeds, nuts.
-Reduction of food waste will help us all take care of the planet by touching on food production, waste, soil, water and wildlife preservation.
Watch for the new guide coming your way in 2018!
By Jennifer Leslie
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