A while back I mentioned how I like the idea of the Canada Food Guide but I really do not like the ratios of foods. Here is how I would change things if I had the choice.
I am not sure how much you know about the Canada Food Guide but the idea is that the Canadian government has come up with a list a lot like the US food pyramid that list a type of guidline of what you should eat every day.
There has always been arguments from people that the meat, milk, and grain lobby all have too much influence.
Also the fact that a lot of people that have problems with lactose or gluten intolerance, as well as vegetarians are not really recognized in the Canada Food Guide.
Last year Health Canada radically revamped the Canada Food Guide and it is much better as it looks at age, sex, and other factors.
Anyway I have my own ideas of what I would like to see as basics of the Canada Food Guide, even though the folks at Health Canada have done a great job, I think lots of people will not follow the more complex guidelines and are instead looking for a set of simple rules.
My Canada Food Guide
8 glasses of water a day
I don’t care that water is not food. Water is still a nutrient that people need for a healthy diet and most people do not drink any water let alone a little bit. Adding water to the food guide would be a great addition
3-5 small servings of meat or fish
I know that meat and fish are not th only place to get protein but at least mentioning fish again would add to the options.
Also most people think that a serving of meat is an 8 ounce steak, not a can of tuna but the can of tuna is just as good. Your body just can not metabolize a big steak.
3-5 servings of vegetables
3-5 servings of fruit
Why is it that fruits and vegetables have always been lumped together? Fruits are great for their high water content and antioxidants and Vegetables are great for minerals including iron and Calcium.
I know that this is a generalization but it would be nice to see people eating more of both fruits and vegetables. Oh, and tater tots and french fries are not a vegetable no matter what my brother in law thinks.
2-3 servings of high fiber grains
The idea of lots of breads I believe is outdated as a nutritious food group, instead I believe it would be good to have reference to high fiber foods and to have examples.
Serving sizes for My Canada Food Guide
Come on governments on both sides of the border, it would be nice to have a better idea, not just in print but in news papers and TV, of what a serving size really is.
The biggest problem facing most people is not the junk and misplaced nutrients but instead it is a lack of idea of what serving sizes really are.
A bowl of food or cup of coffee is a great sized breakfast but a giant plate of food is not quite enough for dinner? We need to get the word out about what is a good meal morning, noon, and night.
I know that there is a lot more to a good diet than these few things but I look at this as a guide, a way to look at a days food, not the everything that we eat in a day.
Do you have better ideas? Let me know. I would love to add a few more things to this list of my Canada Food Guide in a follow up.