Canada's Food Guide


Canada's Food Guide

"Canada's Food Guide" is a diet planning tool produced by Health Canada. It is the second most requested Canadian government publication behind the Income Tax Forms. [cite news | url=http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/20070205/food_guide_070205/20070205?hub=TopStories | accessdate=2007-02-07 | title=New 'Canada Food Guide' dishes out fresh advice | publisher=CTV News | date=5 February 2007 ]

Recommended intake

It advises consumption from four food groups: vegetables and fruit, grain products , milk and alternatives, and meat and alternatives. Any foods not accurately described by these food groups are termed "other", and are advised to be consumed in moderation.

For example, 35 year old women should aim to have these numbers of servings, according to the Food Guide:

* 7-8 vegetables and fruit
* 6-7 grain products
* 2 milk or alternatives
* 2 meat or alternatives
* 30 - 45 mL (2 to 3 Tbsp) of unsaturated oils and fats

Depending on one's age and activity level they can aim to consume a number of servings per food group that is high or low in the range provided. For example, male teenagers could aim for higher numbers whereas elderly individuals could choose a number of servings that are lower in the range.

The food guide is complemented by Canada's Physical Activity Guide to Healthy Active Living.

The new food guide has the vegetables at the top of the rainbow, and has much more detailed information. The new guide comes in at 6 pages.

References

External links

* [http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/fn-an/food-guide-aliment/index_e.html Canada's Food Guide to Healthy Eating]
* [http://www.phac-aspc.gc.ca/pau-uap/paguide/index.html Canada's Physical Activity Guide to Healthy Living]
* [http://bmimedical.blogspot.com/2006/11/canadas-food-guide-to-unhealthy-eating.html Canada's Food Guide to Unhealthy Eating, a Critical Analysis]


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