New Canada Food Guide eliminates meat and dairy food groups recommends plant based diet

For the first time the Canada Food Guide was prepared, not by listening to industry goups like the meat and dairy industry, but by relying on high quality scientific studies. Look at what they say.

The Canada Food Guide has abandoned the four food groups. There is no longer a meat and dairy group. Instead the new guide focuses on nutrients. Health Canada now recommends that Canadians "Eat plenty of vegetables and fruits, whole grain foods and protein foods". As for protein, instead of meat and dairy, Health Canada now says you should "Choose protein foods that come from plants more often." It recommends choosing foods with healthy fats instead of saturated animal fats.

Health Canada's new food guide's graphic clearly shows an ideal daily plate being made up of 50% fruits and vegetables, 25% whole grains and 25% proteins, dominated by legumes, nuts and seeds.

The guide says that vegetables and fruits are high in fiber, vitamins and minerals and says to eat plenty of them to lower your risk of heart disease. 

The guide says that whole grains are rich in fiber, vitamins and minerals and that eating high fiber foods can lower your risk of stroke, colon cancer, cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes.

As for protein, the new guide says to "Choose protein foods that come from plants more often. 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." Nuts and soy are protein sources that improve cholesterol.

The guide says that choosing healthy plant fats instead of saturated animal fats can lower your risk of cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes and have beneficial effecs on health. As for what kinds of fats are healthy fats, the guide lists unsaturated fats like olive oil, canola oil, sesame oil, peanut oil soybean oil, flaseed oil, safflower and sunflower oil. 

Consistent with the recent research, the new Canada Food Guide has refocussed the healthy diet away from animal foods and toward a predominantly plant-based vegetarian diet.

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