Eat More Plants, Less Meat: Canada’s Food Guide

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Eat More Plants, Less Meat: Canada’s Food Guide

NorthReport wrote:

4 links in 4 posts with no comment? 

I like the idea at least but I'm not sure if the general thrust can be supported by the NDP or not. There are probably going to be some mixed reactions to it, especially in Alberta. It's a tough one  so that's probably the reason why no comment. 

Except: finally.

Mr. Magoo

The new guide seems reasonable, and I'm glad to see them doing away with the old "four food groups" business, with "four servings of this and three servings of that".  This one's pretty flexible.

Apparently, in preparation for this, the government invited feedback and heard from 6000+ individuals, organizations and professionals.  I suppose that's overall a good thing, but TBH I'm more concerned with what a professional (doctor or nutritionist) thinks I should eat than in what a turkey farmer thinks I should eat (more turkey!) or a vegan activist thinks I should eat (no turkey!).  The food guide isn't intended to support any specific food producers, nor to promote anyone's orthorexias.

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Ottawa obesity specialist, Dr. Yoni Freedhoff, seems to think it's a vast improvement:

Now you may read those recommendations and wonder where the granularity is? How many servings should I have? Which foods precisely should I eat?

The thing is, we don't really have granular evidence of eat this food, not that food beyond the broad recommendations noted above. And servings wise, first off, everyone is different in terms of their needs, but more importantly, prior guides' emphases on servings were a known point of confusion - one that both the public, and health care professionals agreed should go. People don't weigh and measure their foods, and consequently, people tended to underestimate how many servings they were consuming, all the while being spurred on by the food industry to eat at least a certain number. Though it's possible that in some of the ancillary collateral published in the future (there will be a steady trickle of food guide related materials being published over the coming months), there'll be a more specific calculator, not having prescribed numbers of servings in the guide, and instead steering to a more healthful pattern of eating seems both wise and appropriate. It also allows for a much wider variety of diets with differing percentages and types of proteins, carbs, and fats (something those geared up to be furious because it doesn't espouse their particular diet over all others might want to reread).



Canada’s Food Guide meets pasta in the bathtub; KATE JAIMET; The Star;


Absent that, I’ll treat the guide as an aspirational document, like Marie Kondo’s The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, or Tim Ferriss’ The Four-Hour Workweek — nice to dream about, but if it doesn’t happen, I’m not going to beat myself up about it.


Wild game meat? How are you going to catch the animals?