Last month, Canada’s new Food Guide was released, and since then, people are talking about the changes. Find out why it’s important.
The new and improved Canada’s Food Guide launched last month, and as a result, it’s got people talking. For instance, there are many changes including the removal of portion sizes, encouraging cooking at home and improving food behaviours such as mindful eating.
A Balanced Plate
One major change was the removal of the four famous food groups and turning the focus toward creating a balanced plate. In the 2007 Eating Well with Canada’s Food Guide, the focus was to eat a certain number of portions from each of the four food groups: vegetables and fruit, grain products, meat and alternatives, and milk and alternatives.
Now, with the 2019 Canada’s Food Guide, the attention is on the balanced plate. There are three sections of the plate. Fruit and vegetables remain the largest section filling one half of the plate. Whole grains, representing one-quarter of the plate, have replaced the previous grain products food group.
Focus on Plant Based Proteins
The third section of the plate, protein foods, replaces two entire food groups, meat and alternatives, and milk and alternatives. Water is the new drink of choice, replacing milk which has very little representation throughout the guide. The only sign of the milk and alternative food group on the balanced plate photo is a small serving of yogurt in the middle of the protein section.
In Canada’s new food guide, we now see a greater focus on plant based proteins and even a statement recommending proteins from plants more often. It’s easy to incorporate more plant-based foods into your favourite dishes. By choosing plant based proteins more often, we naturally will choose foods lower in saturated fat and higher in fiber, two other recommendations encompassed in the new guide. These changes can help reduce the risk of cancer, heart disease, and type 2 diabetes. This change in protein focus along with the recommendations to cook from home will hopefully encourage people to try plant based foods they may never have known about as previous food guides mainly focused on animal protein sources.
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Plant Based Future
TDF Sports is committed to providing plant based supplements and most importantly remaining a sustainable company. Our CEO and Co-founder, Darren Burke, sees a future where everyone gets their source of protein from plant-based proteins. “This is a great update to Canada’s Food Guide. It often takes bold moves like this to get people to think differently about food choices. This will improve the health of our population and the environment.”
Here’s an overview of Canada’s new plate. To learn more about updated tips and recipes check out the full version of Canada’s new food guide.
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