Health Canada’s 2019 Food Guide sees major changes from the 2017 version, with dairy products almost completely scrapped and a greater focus on plant-based foods.
The guide, which was finalized last January, reveals a dramatic reduction in recommended consumption of dairy products, according to the BBC.
Compared to the previous version’s recommendation of four full servings of milk, cheese, yogurt and other dairy products per day, the new food guide recommends just one pint of milk per day, cutting out other items entirely. The general dairy section of the guide is also considerably smaller than in previous years. The government first proposed eliminating dairy as a food group in July 2017.
The consumption of dairy products is linked to a wide range of health problems, most often lactose intolerance, which affects 65 percent of the world’s population. Dairy products are also linked to high cholesterol and high blood pressure, and studies have suggested that consuming them regularly puts people at a higher risk of developing cancer and diabetes. Across the country, plant-based options are becoming more common – even Tim Hortons, Canada’s largest fast food chain, began offering soy milk in December 2014.
In February 2018, Health Canada proposed adding warning labels to products high in saturated fat, sodium and sugars, which includes dairy products.
Why has Canada updated its food guide?
The dairy industry claims their products are safe. According to Kelowna Now, farmers are threatened by Health Canada’s guide. “Not only will this harm the dairy sector and the hundreds of thousands of people who depend on it for their livelihoods, it also risks harming Canadian consumers by confusing the nutritional value of dairy products,” Pierre Lampron, president of Dairy Farmers of Canada, told the publication.
However, Health Canada maintains that its guide prioritizes the best interests of the public. Representative Hasan Hutchinson said: âRegular consumption of plant-based foods, therefore vegetables, fruits, whole grains and these plant proteins can have positive effects on health. ”
While it recommends lean meats and fish, the guide advises consumers to eat a variety of plant-based foods, including dried peas, beans, and lentils, and encourages drinking water rather than milk. From a cow.
This is not the first time that the Canadian government has shown its support for plant proteins. Last year, it invested $ 150 million in Protein Industries Supercluster Canada, a non-profit organization that aims to make Canada a world leader in plant protein.
Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development of Canada said of the investment, âCanada’s advanced and productive agricultural industries have excellent growth potential given the growing global demand for plant protein.
He added, âOur government is teaming up with businesses of all sizes, academia and non-profit organizations to forge productive connections and drive innovation that will create thousands of good jobs in this and related fields.
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