It is with great pleasure that we announce that on Tuesday, January 22, 2019 the Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Minister of Health, unveiled the new and completely refreshed Canada’s Food Guide that outlines the foundation for healthy eating in Canada.

The Food Guide is no longer a one-size-fits-all print document, but is now a mobile-responsive web application with new resources that provide Canadians, policy-makers and health professionals with information and up-to-date advice on eating well. 

The Food Guide continues to encourage Canadians to choose a variety of nutritious foods and beverages while highlighting that healthy eating is more than the foods you eat. Health Canada encourages Canadians to be mindful of their eating habits, to cook more often, to enjoy their food, and to eat meals with others. The new Food Guide recommends the regular intake of vegetables, fruit, whole grains and protein foods, and among protein foods, to consume plant-based more often. Protein foods include legumes, nuts, seeds, tofu, fortified soy beverages, fish, shellfish, eggs, poultry, lean red meat including wild game, lower fat milk, lower fat yogurts, lower fat kefir, and cheeses lower in fat and sodium.  The intention is not to reduce total fat in the diet; rather it is to help reduce intakes of saturated fat while encouraging foods that contain mostly unsaturated fat.

The new web application will allow Canadians to access the Food Guide from their tablets, smartphones, or computers to get the right information in the right format wherever they are. The new Food Guide includes recipes, videos, and actionable advice that will help Canadians apply dietary guidance in their daily lives.

Later in 2019, Health Canada will be releasing Canada’s Healthy Eating Pattern for health professionals and policy makers. Canada’s Healthy Eating Pattern will provide more specific guidance on amounts and types of foods, as well as life stage guidance.

Please explore the new Canada’s Food Guide and share this news.

The Office of Nutrition Policy and Promotion / Le Bureau de la politique et de la promotion de la nutrition Health Canada /Santé Canada

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