Nutrition is such an evolving science – one minute a food is good for you and the next it’s questionable…we have seen society evolve rapidly from growing food in their own land to eating a meal with click of a button for a mobile order. This changing lifestyle is a call for action for Canada to continually update their healthy eating food guidelines. In 2019 Canada made another revision – with the last happening in 2007 – this update was well overdue! Whether you like or dislike the new guide – it’s a step in the right direction. It is difficult to teach the mass how to eat healthy – because healthy eating is 10% education – but 90% application – thus programs like MCC have a purpose – they ensure that changes are made to ensure success. Here is a walk down memory lane – and see how the food guide has evolved…
Noteworthy food guide improvements
No more food groups!
Food is made up of carbohydrates, protein and fat – these are the food groups not – “dairy, grains…” this simple change is probably my most favorite. I found the old groups confused people to understand the composition of food – the goal of public education is to teach balance, teaching macro’s and their balance is easier to understand and hard to mess up!
For years people assumed protein just came from meat – the new guide emphasizes plant proteins and also redefines dairy. I am actually a dairy fan, and although many feel that dairy got snubbed because it is no longer a food group – I think it got promoted, we now know exactly what it’s worth is!
Portioning Made Simple!
I don’t think people measure that often – it’s a tedious task. A simple switch from the rainbow to the plate does the trick. Using the plate for portion perception is the most simple method – after all we eat from the plate, and it’s visual. Did you know that one of the earlier food guides in the 70’s had a plate them and then was moved to a rainbow in the 90’s.
This is the first guide that goes beyond food! It targets culture, socialization, eating at home and mobile manipulation. It’s about time – we are a social world – people know what good food is, they simply don’t have the lifestyle that encourages healthy eating. Although the guide simply messages mindful eating, it’s a step in the right direction, and in my opinion mindless eating is the real cause of poor eating habits.
I love water, its not a nutrient, but it helps nutrients get absorbed. It’s about time it gets the spotlight! More importantly other beverages got ousted! Juice is no longer a vegetable and fruit servings – its considered an other with all other processed foods and that’s where it belongs!