Canada's Food Guide

Canada's Food Guide

Canada's Food Guide

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Canada's Food Guide is a nutrition guide produced by Health Canada. It is the second most requested Canadian government publication behind the Income Tax Forms.

Canada's first food guide was introduced in July 1942 to provide guidance to Canadians on proper nutrition during a period of time when wartime rations were common. The 1942 version was called the Official Food Rules. In 1944 the guide was revised and renamed Canada's Food Rules. In 1962, the guidelines were revised and renamed to Canada's Food Guide.

Recommended intake

The Guide advises daily consumption from four food groups: vegetables and fruit, grain products , milk and alternatives, and meat and alternatives. Any foods not accurately described by these food groups are termed "other", and are advised to be consumed in moderation.

For example, 35 year old women should aim to have these numbers of servings each day, according to the Food Guide:

  • 7-8 vegetables and fruit
  • 6-7 grain products
  • 2 milk or alternatives
  • 2 meat or alternatives
  • 30 - 45 mL (2 to 3 Tbsp) of unsaturated oils and fats

Depending on one's age and activity level they can aim to consume a number of servings per food group that is high or low in the range provided. For example, male teenagers could aim for higher numbers whereas elderly individuals could choose a number of servings that...
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