First introduced in 1942, Canada’s Food Guide provides guidance on proper nutrition. Originally called The Official Food Rules, the document has undergone several revisions.
In 1962, the document was further revised and renamed Canada’s Food Guide.
Canada’s Food Guide is a document produced by Health Canada (the Government of Canada department responsible for national public health).
Canada’s Food Guide is the second most requested government document after Income Tax Forms.
According to Health Canada, Canada’s Food Guide purpose is “to identify and promote a pattern of eating that meets nutrient needs and reduces the risk of nutrition-related chronic diseases such as obesity, diabetes, cancer and cardiovascular disease.”
Canada’s Food Guide includes recommendations for healthy food, serving sizes and best cooking methods. The guide promotes maintaining a healthy and active lifestyle.
The current version of the guide features four food groups. These groups are:
- Vegetables and fruit
- Grain products
- Milk and alternatives
- Meat and alternatives
Food not included in these four main groups are considered by the guide as “others” and advise Canadians moderate consumption.
Canada’s Food Guide also promotes living a healthy lifestyle, putting an emphasis in the importance of a healthy diet and exercise.
Health Canada is coming out with a new one, and from what we’ve heard, it’s going to be quite a departure from the current guide. Stay tuned, we’ll be sure to let you know about all the changes once it’s available.
In the meantime, please check out the current guide here: [http://bit.ly/CanadasFoodGuideOld]
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