Tuesday, March 25, 2014
If we eat according to Canada's Food Guide we're probably getting 3,300 calories a day.
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!