After consulting with the public on plans to revise the national food guide, the Canadian government has now released a new draft of their healthy eating recommendations and the guide favors a “high proportion of plant-based foods”!
The food guide’s first recommendation notes the importance of whole foods and states that plant-based foods are the preferred source of protein. The guide recommends, “regular intake of vegetables, fruit, whole grains and protein-rich foods, especially plant-based sources of protein.”
Recent signals from Health Canada have the former group encouraged. Last month, the department released its “guiding principles” – a mission statement that outlines the priorities. This document emphasizes a regular diet of “vegetables, fruit, whole grains and protein-rich foods – especially plant-based sources of protein,” and explicitly warns against processed foods high in sodium, sugar and saturated fat.
It also appears to de-emphasize the necessity of animal meats and dairy – prompting at least one media report earlier this month to claim the new food guide “eliminates dairy as a food group.” (Health Canada officials told The Globe and Mail no such decisions have been made.)
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