Canada’s Food Guide
Since 1942, Canada has changed their food guide’s name and look numerous times, but the goal has always remained the same - to provide Canadians with nutrition guidelines and food selections for a healthier lifestyle.
Canada’s Food Guide presents its recommendations for eating well, portion control, and adding variety and balance to daily meals with colorful descriptions and easy-to-follow steps. Similar to the U.S. MyPlate eating plan, the food guide is evidence based and grounded in current nutrition science. The food guide groups foods into four categories: vegetables and fruit; grain products; milk and alternatives; and meat and alternatives. Perhaps the biggest difference from MyPlate is the push for meatless proteins such as tofu, beans and lentils.
In just six pages, Canada’s food guide covers recommended servings based on age and gender, tips for reducing fat, sugar and salt in a diet, exercise guidelines, how to meet your vitamin needs and much more. To learn more, go to Health Canada.