I’m keynoting the workship on Food, Ethics, Politics at 4:00 with a reception to follow. My talk, “”Food, Ethics, Politics: The View from 2022,” will be in the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment, Maeder Hall, Room 002. This event is part of the University Center for Human Values (UCHV) Conferences, Workshops & Special Events. To register to attend, click here.
Canada’s new food guide: a better version of MyPlate?
Here’s Canada’s new food guide:
Doesn’t this look a lot like the USDA’s MyPlate?
Actually, the Canadian guide is better. Even though it retains the annoying “Protein” section (we don’t eat protein; we eat foods containing protein and lots of other nutrients), it drops the dairy requirement. Even better, it comes with mostly useful suggestions: [my comments]:
- Be mindful of your eating habits
- Cook more often
- Enjoy your food [Yes!]
- Eat meals with others
- Use food labels
- Limit foods high in sodium, sugars or saturated fat [alas, the usual switch from foods to nutrients when talking about eating less]
- Be aware of food marketing [yes, but lots more on this please]
I can see why this has been greeted with some enthusiasm and less criticism than usual:
- Globe and Mail: “good upgrade, skirts around inequality”
- Yoni Freedhoff’s Weighty Matters: “a giant step forward”and on why the food guide is important even if nobody looks at it
- Bill Jeffrey’s Food for Life Report: still fuzzy about amounts and reflects industry lobbying
- Along with 2 minutes of satire (from the program 22 Minutes)
- Canada’s new food guide
- Canada’s food guide snapshot
- Revision process
- Canada’s Dietary Guidelines
- History of Canada’s food guide
- Healthy eating recommendations
- Evidence behind Canada’s food guide