Health Canada to review rules on food

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Health Canada to review rules on food

Post by CielOnTap » Fri Jun 12, 2015 6:18 pm

The Food Guide for Canadians will be getting a long-sought update from its 2007 version. The goal is to make the food guide relevant for living today.
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The governmental department will re-examine every facet of Canada’s Food Guide, from the science behind it, to the policies and programs that stem from it and it’s relevance to Canadians, the “changing food supply, population and demographics,” spokesperson Eric Morrissette wrote in an email.


It’s part of a new, “recently implemented” review process to “ensure Canada’s Food Guide and related dietary guidance, continue to be current and useful,” the statement says.
The Food Guide is commonly used to guide food requirements as well as energy requirements for people in need of specific help to meet their nutrition needs i.e. hospital patients with the help of dietitians or nutritionists.

Sugar will be getting more attention on food nutrition labels as well.
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The new standard would also group all sugars together in the ingredient list, ordering them by weight from most to least.

In a typical granola bar, agave nectar, brown sugar and brown rice syrup — all different types of sugar — might be dispersed throughout the ingredient list.

"But in this framework, this new proposal where we group them together ... (they) will now move up and be in the first one or two ingredients for many products," said registered dietitian Kate Comeau, spokeswoman for Dietitians of Canada.
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Re: Health Canada to review rules on food

Post by CielOnTap » Tue Jan 22, 2019 5:54 pm

Today was the release date for Canada's updated food guide. There is less focus on portions but more emphasis on a plant-based diet and awareness of what one eats. Also of significance was Health Canada's avoidance of industry consultation in order to avoid influence on the guide.
Canadians should eat vegetables, fruits, whole grains and should choose plant-based proteins — such as legumes, nuts and tofu — more regularly, the guide says. It also stresses that Canadians should make water their beverage of choice as a way to stay hydrated without consuming calories.

Updated recommendations also highlight foods that undermine healthy eating and lead to higher risk of chronic disease. Processed and prepared foods that are high in sugar, salt and saturated fat should not be consumed regularly, the new guide says, with a special emphasis on the risks associated with alcohol.

“Dietary risks are one of the top three leading risk factors for chronic disease burden in Canada, however nutrition science is complex and often results in conflicting messages. This is why Canadians need credible healthy-eating information to guide their food choices,” Hutchinson said. “These are the reasons for which it was necessary to revise Canada’s Food Guide.”
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Re: Health Canada to review rules on food

Post by CielOnTap » Tue Jan 29, 2019 7:05 pm

Two opinions in today's Toronto Star discuss whether the new Canada Food Guide is wrong or right in its revised food nutrition guidelines.
To consume fruits regularly may not be as healthy as you are made to believe. The Canada Food Guide lumps fruits and vegetables together, as though they are identical.

It is ironic that the people telling us to avoid soft beverages because of their high sugar content encourage us to regularly indulge a banana or a mango, which contain a comparable amount of carbohydrates. Calories in fruits are primarily sugar, and the vitamins and minerals they contain can be found in much larger concentrations in leafy greens and vegetables.
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Through these guidelines, Health Canada has reached beyond that scope of what individuals should eat to avoid disease or deficiency and addressed critical policy issues, such as what should be sold in publicly funded facilities, the impact of our food choices on the environment, and how fad diets and food marketing have shifted our (mis)understanding of health.

The new dietary guidelines recognize the profoundly negative impact of residential schools on the culture and food skills of Indigenous peoples and emphasize the importance of traditional foods, calling for more support of hunting and fishing. Dietitians know that increased access to traditional foods improves the quality of diets for many Indigenous peoples. We are pleased to see the variety and diversity of food choices, including traditional foods, represented in this Food Guide.
https://www.thestar.com/opinion/contrib ... t-yes.html
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