Author: Dr. Michelle Durkin on 28 November 2017
The Canada Food Guide is finally getting a healthy revision and I for one am happy about it. Although it’s not exactly what I will be recommending, it’s a step in the right direction.
In my 13 years of practice I have never once recommended the Canada Food Guide as a reference for patients to follow and here’s why:
Con: the new food guide still keeps them in the same category
Pro: in the new food guide they are considered the focus of the meal and should make up ½ of your plate (sounds familiar to the “plate” I recommend)
Con: grains still have a prominent role on the new food guide and will create confusing advice to those patients who already have insulin resistance or a leaky gut
Pro: in the new food guide grains are no longer the center of the meal; they should make up only ¼ of your plate; there is also a differentiation between whole-grain and “white products”, brown rice is recommended over white rice, whole wheat pasta is recommended over white pasta, etc.
Pro: these beverages have been eliminated from the new food guide as choices and water is promoted as the best option
Con: in the new food guide low fat, skim milk versions of all dairy products are recommended; fat is still considered a villan
Pro: dairy is no longer part of the plate on the new food guide. Unsweetened and low sugar versions of dairy & dairy alternatives are also promoted.
Con: in the new food guide fat, regardless if it is real food or not, is still considered the villan. This one I was really disappointed with because we have plenty of evidence that demonstrates not all fat is bad.
Now I would love to hear from you! What are your thoughts about the new Canada Food Guide? Leave a comment below and I’ll be back next week with another edition of Doctor as Teacher Tuesday!
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2 Replies to “The new Canada Food Guide is coming…what do I think?”
My health has improved significantly over the years based on your treatments and solid advice. I am still adjusting my diet and everything I do is linked to the advice you have given me.
I am a stubborn old man accustomed to taking charge and making my own decisions but you are most compelling.
I recall a slogan on the wall in public school. “If at first, you don’t succeed, try, try, try again.” The truth is that if you do not succeed, you must take a different approach or get better information. You have given all of us that support.
You are an excellent doctor and a lovely young woman.
You are welcome Bill! I try my best to balance meeting the patient where they are and getting them to shift out of their comfort zone to better health.