After listening to the public and focusing on current science, Canada has drafted a new food guide favoring whole, plant-based foods and mindful eating.
In a time of rising obesity rates among me and women, it makes sense. (http://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/82-625-x/2015001/article/14185-eng.htm)
Health Canada, the department of the Canadian government that’s responsible for national public health, proposed the latest food guide to improve the health of all Canadians. It is slotted to roll out early 2018, and advocates regular consumption of vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and protein-rich foods, especially plant-based sources. In addition, regular intake of water is recommended. Preparing and sharing meals with family and friends is even suggested to help create healthy relationships with food.
Since the value of Canada’s annual food waste and loss was $31 billion in 2014, according to VCM International (http://vcm-international.com/new-report-annual-food-waste-in-canada-is-31-billion/), the health of the environment also influenced the guide. Health Canada considered greenhouse gas emissions, soil degradation, decrease in water quality and availability, and wildlife loss – all causes of how food is produced, processed, distributed, and consumed – while drafting the guide
Canada is taking remarkable steps to improve the health of its citizens and the environment. Hopefully, other countries, including the U.S., will follow suit.
Co-written with and researched by Carly Gerber at HippieandHeart.com
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