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Canada's Food Guide: Making Us Fat

Tuesday, March 25, 2014


If we eat according to Canada's Food Guide we're probably getting 3,300 calories a day.

Too much.

Why's that? A whole bunch of reasons, including: the foods everybody actually eats (ketchup, beverages) which are left out; significant changes in food manufacture (the average slice of bread has almost doubled in calories); and changes in portion sizes (including even changes in the average size of an orange). Plus: Canada's Food Guide was strongly influenced by lobbyists pushing for dairy, pushing for grains . . . yup, the process was political. Not so surprising.

Which means that even if you thought you were being strictly compliant with Canada's Food Guide, you'd probably be getting about 1,800 calories a day. And I know that's more than I can eat and maintain.

Interesting stuff! Time to get more nuanced. Time to encourage people to dump processed foods and eat mostly plants! And oh yeah, I recognize how excessively simplistic that is with the lives most of us lead. But I'll keep on munching my salads and slurping my supper soups and . . . not paying a whole lot of attention to the Canada Food Guide!
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    With you all the way on the processed foods and freggies.
    1457 days ago
  • NANCY-
    WTG girlfriend!!!
    Love that you are doing what you need to do for you and not buying into the corporate greed and the politics that go with it.
    1459 days ago
    I'm no longer willing to pay the price of my health for convenience of prepared and packaged food. Even "natural" packaged foods. They are just as bad in so many cases.
    1459 days ago
    The process is politicized? Imagine that! Sadly, what we know is too much is probably a big improvement on the average Western diet. You are in the grocery stores, you see what people put in their carts. All I can do is shake my head.
    1459 days ago
    Yep, more than I can eat and maintain, too... unless I'm actively training for endurance events!
    1459 days ago
    Gotta listen to our own bodies. In no way could I consume that many calories! No way. And I have to be careful with dairy and grains. That is my body's particular nuance. So, I am not beholden to the guidelines. I go by how I feel and eat accordingly.

    1459 days ago
  • PHOENIX1949
    Interesting read.

    I feel fortunate that we live in an area that has several organic farms which supply produce to the Whole Foods' stores as well as hold their own market days (harvested same day). Sadly, government regulations are making it more and more difficult for them to operate. Most of the smaller organic grocers have gone out of business here.
    1460 days ago
    Wow! 3,300 is way too many calories! 3,500 calories equals 1 pound! Thanks for sharing!
    1460 days ago
    Now when has the government ever given us the the real "skinny" (no pun intended) on anything?

    Thanks for your suggestions of more plants to deal with the plateau - oh so true - and one thing that I failed to mention. Finding the right balance on a daily basis. Our bodies are like finely tuned Ferrarias...though we fill them up like they were 1967 Chevys. Mindfullness in everything we do is so important, including what we eat.

    Have a great day, a super week and a health-filled month! Ciao, Bella.
    1460 days ago

    Comment edited on: 3/25/2014 10:43:16 AM
    We're exporting this stuff to you. Sorry about that.
    I never realized about condiments until I carefully read the Subway nutrition guide which lists every single thing they sell.
    We have to be vigilant, educate ourselves and read, read, re-read those labels.
    Companies change ingredients all the time. Even with products we've bought for a long time, it's amazing what can suddenly sneak in there
    1460 days ago
    "a sedentary adult woman should get 1,800 calories daily"...
    emoticon I would emoticon up in no time.
    I guess the operative word is 'guide'line and I do like that they recommend "seven to ten servings of fruits or vegetables, six to eight grain products, two milk products and two servings of meat or alternatives for adults" @ least it hits all food groups...
    Wait, where's my emoticon
    1460 days ago
  • KANOE10
    Our Food Plan is not much healthier. You are right. Stick to your own cooking and stay away from processed foods as much as possible. I was traveling and stopped in a convenience store. All I wanted was some ice for my water. I could not believe the size of the soda cups. There were no smalls and the medium was huge. People are consuming huge sizes of soda.

    1460 days ago
    Too many American ways & means have crept northward over our borders to infiltrate your country...ARGH! I cringe over how much other countries emulate our disastrous lifestyle!

    Follow the money trail and you'll see multi-national corporations at the heart of it all...ugh!

    1460 days ago
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