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Guide to better eating

This week, the newly updated Canada Food Guide was released.

The previous guide had been unchanged for 12 years.

The new food guide takes a very different approach than the previous  versions.

Foods are no longer categorized into groups such as ‘dairy’ or ‘meat’   and terms such as ‘beef’ have been replaced by the term ‘protein.’

Suggested serving sizes have also been eliminated and instead the   guide advises “notice when you are hungry and when you are full.”

The new guide also recommends more plant-based food consumption including an effort to avoid saturated fat, sugars and sodium where  possible.

Although some disagree with the approach, overall, I believe this  promotes healthier eating habits.

What is new is that guide also makes recommendations on how you should  eat and provides some other interesting suggestions.

“Grow, harvest, fish, hunt and prepare food in traditional ways,” is  one such recommendation that may be more challenging for those living  in urban centres.

There is also the recommendation to drink more water.

The food guide even provides helpful information that you can drink  water “hot or cold” and that you can “drink water with your meals,” in the event you were unaware of that tidbit.

If you are shopping, the guide recommends you “shop for sales” and  “check out flyers and coupons” because this can make food shopping  more affordable, also in the event you were unaware of that fact.

Other recommendations are to cook more meals at home and to be aware  of “food marketing.”

The guide suggests that being aware of food marketing can help you “question why you want to purchase a certain food or drink.”

Overall, while I believe the new food guide is well intended and  promotes a healthier diet, I do question if Canadians need to be  advised on how to eat, shop and interpret food marketing.

My question this week:

  • Do you prefer a food guide that focuses on nutrition, portion sizes and diet or do you prefer the new direction with advice on how to eat, shop and more?

I can be reached at [email protected] or call toll free 1-800-665-8711.

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About the Author

Dan Albas, Conservative member of Parliament for the riding of Central Okanagan-Similkameen-Nicola, is the shadow minister of innovation, science, economic development and internal trade, and sits on the standing committee on finance.

Before entering public life, Dan was the owner of Kick City Martial Arts, responsible for training hundreds of men, women and youth to bring out their best.

In British Columbia, Dan has been consistently one of the lowest spending MPs on office and administration related costs despite operating two offices to better serve local constituents.

Dan is consistently recognized as one of Canada’s top 10 most active members of Parliament on Twitter (@danalbas) and continues to write a weekly column published in many local newspapers and on this website.

He can be reached at [email protected] or call toll free at 1-800-665-8711.



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