Health Canada is changing the Food Guide to discourage Canadians from consuming dairy and meat products.
The Canadian Government has recently signaled in their latest public consultation that they plan to remove the dairy category from Canada’s Food Guide and brand many dairy products as ‘unhealthy’, despite their widely recognized nutritional benefits. But this is not supported by objective science.
Dairy products have long been considered an integral part of a healthy, balanced diet, and the evidence supporting it hasn’t changed. Left unchecked, Health Canada’s recommendations will not only cripple an important Canadian industry, but have long-term health consequences for all Canadians.
Dairy ensures the normal development of healthy bones and teeth for our kids, keeps seniors bones strong as they age, and nutrients like calcium, vitamin D and zinc are essential for pregnant and nursing women.
From toddlers to seniors, students to Olympic athletes, Canadian dairy gives us all the nutrients we need to grow and stay strong.
100% Canadian milk is also an ideal source of protein and a perfect way to refuel after exercise. When it comes to protein, research continues to suggest milk has some of the highest quality protein available, according to a new August 2017 study published in the British Journal of Nutrition.
Researchers confirmed milk proteins ranked as some of the highest quality proteins available, especially compared to plant-based proteins like soy and pea protein.See more dairy facts
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Other staples of a healthy Canadian diet like eggs, meats and poultry would be minimized under these recommendations, being replaced with a vegetarian-centric diet instead!
A diet cannot be considered healthy and balanced if it does not meet all our nutritional needs.
Canadians deserve a Food Guide that reflects our best nutritional knowledge, one that promotes a healthy and balanced diet, helps our kids grow, keeps seniors strong, and powers our athletes and Olympians. Help keep dairy an essential part of our Food Guide and keep Canadians healthy for generations to come by sending a letter to your MP today!