Historically, the purpose of the Food Guide was to help the average Canadian understand how to meet their basic nutritional needs to prevent diseases caused by nutrient deficiencies (not to achieve optimal health). To this end, numerous organizations have been consulted to create the Food Guide, including scientists, medical doctors, social welfare representatives, farming representatives, politicians, etc. In other words, until now, there has been very little input from nutritional experts.
The BIG Problems with Canada's Past Food Guides:
Creating guidelines to educate Canadians on how to meet their basic needs, especially in the context of war or tough economic times, was an honourable goal for our government to strive for. However, after WWII, Health Canada began publishing Food Guides that claimed to be a "model for a healthy and balanced diet based on the latest science," which, in my opinion, has been a fraudulent claim.
In fact, there are very few nutritional experts in the world that have supported Health Canada's Food Guides. Over the years, it appeared as though Health Canada had been making biased dietary recommendations, such as encouraging significant intakes of dairy products, grains, meats, and processed foods. This bias may have been done intentionally to increase consumer demand for the nation's large dairy and farming industries (which have traditionally played a vital role in our economy). This point is reinforced by the fact that these unusual diet recommendations were not often found in the Food Guides of other developed countries, where those industries play a minimal role in their economy.
Unfortunately, the Food Guide naturally became the basis for (1) the health curriculum in publicly funded schools and in Universities that educate Medical Doctors and Dieticians, (2) diet and meal plans made for publicly funded institutions (i.e., public school cafeterias, hospitals, long term care facilities, etc.), and (3) for ridiculous marketing claims that label foods such as dairy, refined grains, and some processed foods as "healthy" and "essential" for a "balanced" diet.
As a result of the past editions of the Food Guide, thousands of Canadians with chronic health conditions, and/or struggling to lose weight, have suffered immeasurably. Even Medical doctors and Dieticians have pushed sick patients to follow the Food Guide's very bad advice, which nutritional experts have always known to be contributing factors to disease and weight gain.
THE NEW 2019 CANADIAN FOOD GUIDE
Health Canada appears to have, for the first time, worked closely with nutritional experts to design a Food Guide that will help Educate Canadians on a health promoting diet, rather than a diet designed to meet basic needs! The New Food Guide has made a complete U-Turn and Health Canada has reversed many of the bad recommendations they used to make in past Food Guides! Here are some of the highlights:
It appears as though Health Canada felt enormous pressure to finally publish an honest food guide to regain their credibility as more and more Canadians have been questioning their integrity. Many developed countries around the world updated their Food Guides long ago to reflect the views of nutritional experts. However, it took our government nearly 80 years to make these positive changes. Nonetheless, this major overhaul finally acknowledges all of the important work that nutritionists do and their contributions to healthcare.
The new Food Guide will also encourage Medical Doctors, Dieticians, and policy makers to make more competent recommendations, which I expect will improve the quality of patient care as well as meal plans, and cafeteria menus in public institutions (i.e., hospitals, long term care facilities, and public schools) where nutritional experts aren't always available.
As a side note, I expect the dairy and farming industries, who have worked relentlessly to lobby Health Canada over the years, protest the New Food guide as it will negatively impact their businesses. Be aware of their agenda to boost their profits at the expense of your well-being and steer clear from the misinformation that they are bound to spread.
As a scientist who is heavily engaged in cutting edge research with numerous distinguished medical institutions, I can confidently tell you that Canada's medical system is often up to 20 years behind the latest science in healthcare.
In this case, it took Health Canada nearly 80 years to publish a Food Guide that's starting to make sense and it will take even longer for conventional doctors, dieticians, hospitals, and public institutions to follow-suit with the changes. For this reason, I want to stress how important it is for you to do your own research and to advocate for yourself when it comes to making decisions over your health, because even healthcare professionals can be wrong.
When it comes to your health and well-being, you simply can't afford to wait for years before conventional medicine finally puts politics aside and reveals the truth. I always advise that you consult with a competent nutritionist to receive nutritional advice, rather than rely on government agencies or conventional doctors that have little to no training in nutrition.
I know all too well the magnitude of pain and suffering that many people live through, and I am well aware of how hard it is to find a trusted source of information.
It is my hope that I can be that trusted source of information for you and that through my articles, you may find the information you need to come one step closer to realizing your highest potential.
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