THE INTERESTS OF THE FOOD INDUSTRY don’t always coincide with healthy eating. What’s at stake is Canada’s new food guide. It’s a big deal.
Canada’s Food Guide is widely respected. 75 years after its first launch, it’s the second most requested government document after income-tax forms. It’s distributed to dieticians and doctors for patient advice and to schools and hospitals for creating meal plans. The new guide will be around for a long time, so it’s important to get it right.
Understandably, big food lobbies want the new guide to endorse their products. Even governmental departments disagree on what should be recommended. One agency, Health Canada, wants the new food guide to “shift towards more plant-based foods,” less red meats, and to limit “some meats and many cheeses” high in saturated fats.
David Charbonneau is a retired TRU electronics instructor who hosts a blog at http://www.eyeviewkamloops.wordpress.com.