Canada favors veggies and eliminates dairy!
You might remember learning about the food groups in elementary school. You were taught that the four basic food groups included fruit and vegetables, breads and cereals (this category can include bread, rice, pasta, cereals), dairy (this category can include milk, cheese, yogurt, and ice cream) and meat (this category can include poultry, seafood, eggs, nuts, seeds, beans, and lentils).
However, this system is now out of date and is in need of an overhaul. As a result, the Canadian government has revised the four basic food groups to emphasize a new way of eating. The focus is now on a primarily plant-based diet. In addition, another big change is that the dairy category has been removed. Rather than advising drinking milk, the guideline now recommends people drink water.
Meats have been lowered on the food table and have been placed under legumes. This indicates the preferred source of protein is beans over animal products. Also, there is a focus on whole foods and this new plan emphasizes vegetables and fruits.
This guideline also believes people should eat food that has unsaturated fats rather than saturated fats that are found in animal products. Indeed, this is true as studies now show that eating a diet high in animal products can lead to cardiovascular disease, certain cancers such as colon cancer and some autoimmune diseases such as lupus, multiple sclerosis, and arthritis among others.
The guideline is also aware that food is directly linked to our environment. It says, “Diets higher in plant-based foods and lower in animal-based foods are associated with a lesser environmental impact.”
This new guideline puts Canada next to Brazil in recognizing the health benefits of eating a more plant-based diet that will better benefit us and the health of our planet! Congratulations Canada!
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