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Building on the 2015 Evidence Review (External in New Window) and the most recent evidence on food and health, Health Canada has translated the science on food and health into evidence-informed Guiding Principles and Recommendations for application in the Canadian context. Considerations for factors that influence food choices and eating behaviours underpin all of the guidance. The summary of proposed Guiding Principles, Recommendations and Considerations (New Window) is available. Once we hear from you through this online consultation, your input will help us to finalize our recommendations and develop them into consumer messages, tools, and resources. A new suite of Canada’s Food Guide resources will be rolled out beginning in early 2018.

In this forum, you can discuss your thoughts on each of the proposed Guiding Principles and their recommendations with other participants.

Building on the 2015 Evidence Review (External in New Window) and the most recent evidence on food and health, Health Canada has translated the science on food and health into evidence-informed Guiding Principles and Recommendations for application in the Canadian context. Considerations for factors that influence food choices and eating behaviours underpin all of the guidance. The summary of proposed Guiding Principles, Recommendations and Considerations (New Window) is available. Once we hear from you through this online consultation, your input will help us to finalize our recommendations and develop them into consumer messages, tools, and resources. A new suite of Canada’s Food Guide resources will be rolled out beginning in early 2018.

In this forum, you can discuss your thoughts on each of the proposed Guiding Principles and their recommendations with other participants.

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  • A variety of nutritious foods and beverages are the foundation for healthy eating.

    Health Canada is proposing the following recommendations for this Guiding Principle:

    • Regular intake of vegetables, fruit, whole grains, and protein-rich foods* – especially plant-based sources of protein
    • Inclusion of foods that contain mostly unsaturated fat, instead of foods that contain mostly saturated fat
    • Regular intake of water

    *Protein-rich foods include: legumes (such as beans), nuts and seeds, soy products (including fortified soy beverage), eggs, fish and other seafood, poultry, lean red meats (including game meats such... Continue reading

    A variety of nutritious foods and beverages are the foundation for healthy eating.

    Health Canada is proposing the following recommendations for this Guiding Principle:

    • Regular intake of vegetables, fruit, whole grains, and protein-rich foods* – especially plant-based sources of protein
    • Inclusion of foods that contain mostly unsaturated fat, instead of foods that contain mostly saturated fat
    • Regular intake of water

    *Protein-rich foods include: legumes (such as beans), nuts and seeds, soy products (including fortified soy beverage), eggs, fish and other seafood, poultry, lean red meats (including game meats such as moose, deer and caribou), lower fat milk and yogurt, cheeses lower in sodium and fat. Nutritious foods that contain fat such as homogenized (3.25% M.F.) milk should not be restricted for young children.

    What are your thoughts on this proposed Guiding Principle and its recommendations from Health Canada? 

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  • Processed or prepared foods and beverages high in sodium, sugars, or saturated fat undermine healthy eating.

    Health Canada is proposing the following recommendations for this Guiding Principle:

    • Limited intake of processed or prepared foods high in sodium, sugars or saturated fat
    • Avoidance of processed or prepared beverages high in sugars*

    * Processed or prepared beverages that can be high in sugars include: soft drinks, fruit-flavoured drinks, 100% fruit juice, flavoured waters with added sugars, energy drinks, sport drinks, and other sweetened hot or cold beverages, such as flavoured milks and flavoured plant-based beverages.

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    Processed or prepared foods and beverages high in sodium, sugars, or saturated fat undermine healthy eating.

    Health Canada is proposing the following recommendations for this Guiding Principle:

    • Limited intake of processed or prepared foods high in sodium, sugars or saturated fat
    • Avoidance of processed or prepared beverages high in sugars*

    * Processed or prepared beverages that can be high in sugars include: soft drinks, fruit-flavoured drinks, 100% fruit juice, flavoured waters with added sugars, energy drinks, sport drinks, and other sweetened hot or cold beverages, such as flavoured milks and flavoured plant-based beverages.

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  • Knowledge and skills are needed to navigate the complex food environment and support healthy eating.

    Health Canada is proposing the following recommendations for this Guiding Principle:

    • Selecting nutritious foods when shopping or eating out

    • Planning and preparing healthy meals and snacks

    • Sharing meals with family and friends whenever possible

    What are your thoughts on this proposed Guiding Principle and its recommendations from Health Canada?

    Knowledge and skills are needed to navigate the complex food environment and support healthy eating.

    Health Canada is proposing the following recommendations for this Guiding Principle:

    • Selecting nutritious foods when shopping or eating out

    • Planning and preparing healthy meals and snacks

    • Sharing meals with family and friends whenever possible

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