Canadians, say goodbye to the Food Guide as you know it: the new version of this document, which is the reference of all the food policies of the country, is expected in two years. But Health Canada will not deliver a traditional guide.
“We are increasingly moving away from a single document to a suite of tools,” said Alfred Aziz, head of the Nutrition Regulatory and Standards Division at Health Canada. Read here: Public health professionals, inspired by the Guide to their guidelines, will have much more in-depth and complex documents.
The consumer will be entitled to simple tools adapted to everyday life. An application, maybe? “Everything is on the table for now,” says Alfred Aziz, who says however that the next Guide should provide tools to plan meals and make better purchases at the grocery store.
One thing is certain, Health Canada should definitely drop the concept of servings that are calculated to the nearest milliliter for more messages.
For example: cook more, stay away from the central aisles of the supermarkets where processed foods are, take time to enjoy what you eat, take time to eat with family or friends, go to the fruits and Frozen vegetables when the harvest season is over and listen to your satiety signals.
The advice will be based on three guiding principles: a good variety of nutritious foods and beverages; Processed products rich in sodium, sugar and saturated fat should be avoided; You need to acquire the knowledge and skills needed to eat well.
Prioritize the “how”
The first documents of this new Guide will be available from the beginning of 2018 and will be unveiled in the next 24 months.
Health Canada yesterday launched the second round of public consultations on the revision of the Guide with an on-line questionnaire that will address the broad principles of healthy eating.
“This has confirmed that we need to move away from” what to eat “to take more interest in” how to eat “, says Hasan Hutchinson, Director General of the Bureau of Policy and Promotion Health Canada.
According to Mr. Hutchinson, the Guide will not miss the concept of culinary skills. “You can not expect people to eat better,” he says, “if they do not even know how to cook. ”
And the meat?
Health Canada already states in its Preparatory Document that “the proportion of foods of plant origin in the diet must be increased without necessarily excluding all foods of animal origin”, as this will help Canadians consume less Red meat.
Another novelty to note: Health Canada is now focusing on how food is produced and how food is wasted. The preparatory document also mentions greenhouse gas emissions, soil degradation and problems related to water quality.
“In general, it can be said that food patterns containing more plant foods and fewer animal foods are associated with less negative impacts on the environment than current models rich in Sodium, sugars and saturated lipids. ”
Health Canada also opened Saturday the public comment period on its next policy on direct food marketing for children. Quebec is the only province where advertising for children is prohibited under the Consumer Protection Act.