Account Login/Registration

Access KelownaNow using your Facebook account, or by entering your information below.




Privacy Policy

New Canada food guide recommends more plant-based proteins and less meat

Canada’s new guide for healthy eating has removed the concept of food groups, instead giving general diet advice that includes eating more plant-based proteins.

The official recommendations, released on Tuesday, do away with the previous breakdown of foods into the categories of meat or alternatives, dairy, fruit and vegetables and grains.

Health Canada now emphasizes the importance of drinking more water, avoiding alcohol and processed foods, and eating more plant-based proteins like tofu, nuts and legumes.

<who> Photo Credit: Health Canada

The guide also removes recommendations about portion sizes, instead reminding people to pay attention to when they are hungry and when they are full.

Hasan Hutchinson, director-general of nutritional policy and promotion at Health Canada, said: “The guide continues to provide advice on what to eat, but now it also emphasizes that healthy eating is more than the food you eat.”

Early indications the guide would promote eating more plant-based protein sparked concern among dairy and beef farmers, who are worried about the long-term impacts the change in messaging could have on their livelihoods.

<who> Photo Credit: Health Canada

The new Food Guide was developed with input from science and health experts and excluded the input of industry to avoid past concerns about political interference.

“We really needed to keep that distance for any perceived or real conflict of interest,” Hutchinson said.

To read the full guide, head to

With files from the Canadian Press

Send your news tips, letter to the editor, photos and videos to
Connect with us.
Report a typo...send an email to








Top Stories

Our Latest Video

Upcoming Featured Events

Follow Us

Follow us on Instagram Follow us on Twitter Like us on Facebook Follow us on Linkedin Add us to your Circles Follow us on Youtube Listen on Soundcloud Start Pinning with us Follow Our RSS