Canada's much anticipated new food guide was just released and has received a big makeover from the previous version, which was published over 10 years ago in 2007. One major change to Canada's food guide is that it now promotes a vegan diet more than ever before.
Canada's Health Minister Ginette Petitpas-Taylor revealed the new guide in Montreal this morning. The food guide looks nothing like the 2007 version and has been completely revamped for 2019. Gone are the traditional four main food groups Canadians have seen in the food guide for years, and they have been replaced by three categories: fruit and vegetables, whole grains and protein foods, according to The National Post.
"Healthy eating is more than the foods you eat. It’s about your whole relationship with food," said the Health Minister in a news release. "The new Food Guide gets to the heart of this relationship and gives Canadians concrete advice that they can follow to make healthy eating part of their day".
The new food guide emphasizes eating vegan, plant-based foods more than ever before. In fact, protein foods are even one of the three main food groups and have completely replaced the "milk and alternatives" category in the previous food guide. The food guide even says "eat protein foods" right on the cover, and dairy products are almost nowhere to be found.
Check out a photo of Canada's new food guide below.
"Eat plenty of vegetables and fruits, whole grain foods and protein foods," the new food guide advises Canadians. The guide specifically promotes eating plant-based proteins in the new guide by stating, "Choose protein foods that come from plants more often".
There's even a full section dedicated to eating protein foods, which puts a strong emphasis on vegan alternatives in the food guide. "Protein foods, including plant-based protein foods, are an important part of healthy eating," reads the guide. "Include foods such as beans, lentils, nuts, seeds, lean meats and poultry, fish, shellfish, eggs, lower fat milk and lower fat dairy products".
The guide also explains why plant-based foods are necessary for good health. "You can eat a variety of protein foods as part of a healthy eating pattern," the food guide recommends. It explains that these foods contain important nutrients like protein, vitamins and minerals.
"Choose protein foods that come from plants more often," recommends the guide. "Plant-based protein foods can provide more fibre and less saturated fat than other types of protein foods. This can be beneficial for your heart health".
The 2019 new food guide also provides ways in which Canadians can easily incorporate more vegan foods into their lives.
"How to eat more protein foods that come from plants. Here are some easy ways to eat more protein foods that come from plants:
- Add soft tofu to a blended soup to make it thicker and creamier.
- Try a bean salad, lentil and rice pilaf or a bowl of vegetarian chili for lunch.
- Make your own trail mix by combining your favourite whole grain cereal with a handful of nuts and seeds.
- Spread hummus on the inside of a whole grain pita and fill with vegetables such as romaine lettuce and shredded carrots.
Each week, plan a couple of meatless meals. As your main course, try using:
- beans in a burrito
- tofu in a vegetable stir-fry
- chickpeas and beans in tacos
- lentils in a soup, stew or casserole"
Canada's new Food Guide also provides several recipes, many of which are vegan, such as the tofu and vegetable stir fry, fresh avocado and bean lettuce wrapand the creamy dreamy hummus. You can check out their recipes for healthy meals on their website.
To check out Canada's full new Food Guide and get more healthy eating recommendations, you can visit the Government of Canada's website.