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Canada’s Food Guide has been updated. The old rainbow cartoon imagery has gone and is now replaced with real food photographic images. The four food groups have gone and are now replaced with broader advice, divided into food choices and healthy eating habits. The key image is a plate of food divided into three sections (vegetables and fruits, protein foods, wholegrains) with a glass of water on the side. Plant foods dominate.
The Guidelines are:
Make it a habit to eat a variety of healthy foods each day.
(Healthy eating habits)
Healthy eating is more than the foods you eat. It is also about where, when, why and how you eat.
The inclusion of mindful eating, cooking more and social and cultural aspects of eating are new additions. Another departure has been an effort to make the guideline development independent of the food industry. Health Canada declared that "during the policy development of the new Canada's Food Guide, officials from Health Canada's Office of Nutrition Policy and Promotion will not be meeting with representatives from the food and beverage industry."
The commentary around the new Guide have been around the absence of milk on the plate, the removal of fruit juice recommendations, the emphasis on plant foods, the absence of any quantitative advice in favour of encouraging balance, and the use of “protein foods” as collective term for both animal and plant foods. Many have praised the emphasis on the social and behavioural aspects of eating, however some have said the Guide did not go far enough to enshrine environmental sustainability.
The Australian Dietary Guidelines last updated in 2013 are due for review.