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Canada's Food Guide

Canada's Food Guide

What is Canada’s Food Guide?

Canada's Food Guide is a tool you can use to help you make wise food choices whether you are eating at home, at school, at work or eating out. It describes what amount of food you need and what type of food is part of a healthy eating pattern.

How can following Canada’s Food Guide help me?

The healthy eating pattern in Canada’s Food Guide is based on extensive scientific evidence.  The eating pattern in Canada’s Food Guide includes foods from each of the four food groups

  • Vegetables and Fruit
  • Grain Products
  • Milk and Alternatives
  • Meat and Alternatives
  • Plus a certain amount of added oils and fats.

Following the eating pattern in Canada’s Food Guide will help people:

  • Get enough vitamins, minerals and other nutrients.
  • Reduce the risk of obesity, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, certain types of cancer and osteoporosis.
  • Achieve overall health and vitality.

Who can follow the Food Guide?

  • Anyone two years of age and older. Canada’s Food Guide is personalized by breaking down servings by age and gender
  • Active Canadians can increase the number of servings from the food guide based on their appetite

What are the main healthy eating messages in Canada’s Food Guide?

  • Emphasis of vegetables and fruit in the diet
  • Advice, information and recommendations about:
    • Nutrient needs during the different ages and stages of life
    • The types and amounts of oils and fats to use each day
    • The importance of drinking water
    • Reading food labels
    • Physical activity

Check out "My Food Guide" :  an interactive internet tool called that lets you create a personalized food guide with pictures of your favourite foods. Health Canada has a list of Frequently asked Questions about Canada’s Food Guide

Where can I get a copy of Canada’s Food Guide in Peel?

There are several ways to get a FREE copy of Canada’s Food Guide:

  • Call the Region of Peel - Public Health at 905-799-7700 to ask for a copy by mail
  • Download a viewing version (552KB, 6 pages) or download a high quality print version (1.49 MB, 6 pages) from Health Canada
  • Visit your local Peel Public Library to pick up a copy

For more information on Canada’s Food Guide, visit Health Canada or download A Resource for Educators and Communicators (1.2 MB, 57 pages).

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