What You Need to Know About the New Canada’s Food Guide

Canada’s Food Guide has come a long way since its inception in 1942.  Originally called Canada’s Official Food Rules, it was created to help Canadians choose foods that promote overall health and well-being (Health Canada, 2007).  Since its name change to Canada’s Food Guide in 1961, the core concept has remained the same:  four food groups, including vegetables and fruits, meat and alternatives, milk and alternatives, and grain products make up a well-balanced Canadian diet.  On January 22, 2019 Health Canada unveiled a complete overhaul to Canada’s Food Guide, representing more up-to-date scientific evidence and trends.

Here’s what you need to know about the new 2019 Canada’s Food Guide:

  1. Food groups no more!  The primary focus is promoting a diet high in a variety of vegetables and fruits, whole grains, and plant-based proteins.  These new guidelines place less emphasis on meat and dairy products.
  2. Recommended number of food guide servings have also been eliminated, being replaced by the “Eat Well Plate” model.
  3. Make water your drink of choice.  Juice and milk are no longer being promoted as “healthy” choices.
  4. Shifting focus to health messaging to help you eat well and live well, including:

For more information, visit Health Canada’s interactive webpage at: https://food-guide.canada.ca/en/food-guide-snapshot/



Health Canada, 2019. Make healthy meals with the Eat Well Plate. Retrieved from: https://food-guide.canada.ca/en/tips-for-healthy-eating/make-healthy-meals-with-the-eat-well-plate/

Health Canada, 2007. History of Canada’s Food Guides from 1942 to 2007. Retrieved from: https://www.canada.ca/en/health-canada/services/canada-food-guide/about/history-food-guide.html#food