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Thursday, January 24, 2019

Health Official Says New Canada Food Guide More "Inclusive"

Regional | by Fadi Didi  

Public Health Dieitician says federal food guidelines promote dietary variety, rather than food groups.

Changes to the Canada Food Guide are being called "more inclusive."

The federal government unveiled the updated national food guide this week, increasing the presence of plant-based foods in the suggested diet of Canadians.

Public Health Dietician Amy MacDonald says the updated food guidelines do not make specific recommendations, as they have in the past.

Instead, the new guide makes four general suggestions: Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables; eat whole grain foods; eat protein foods; and eat foods with healthy fats.

The guide also recommends making water your beverage of choice.

MacDonald says best evidence linked to healthy diet involves a variety of food choices, including lots of vegetables, fibre, and protein.

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