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Canada Food Guide quick facts: What’s in, what’s out and new lifestyle tips

By The Canadian Press   

Features Nutrition Wellness

Health Canada has updated its advice for Canadians to help them eat better and develop healthier food habits.

  • Recommends eating plenty of veggies and fruits, whole grains and protein foods
  • Promotes choosing proteins that come from plants more often
  • Says water should be your drink of choice
  • Provides tips on what to avoid or limit: processed, prepared foods, added sodium and sugar
  • Emphasizes reading food labels and being aware of marketing influence

What’s out:

  • No more food groups or portion sizes
  • Dairy no longer its own category; healthy dairy options now included with proteins and unsweetened drinks
  • Daily intake of oils and fats no longer promoted and saturated fats discouraged
  • No more promotion of juice or sweetened milk

New healthy eating lifestyle tips include:

  • Cook more often rather than buying meals
  • Be mindful of eating habits
  • Take time to eat rather than eating while working or doing other things
  • Involve others in planning and preparing meals
  • Food traditions can be part of healthy eating; share them across generations and cultures
  • Eat with other people

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