There is nothing more wonderful than sitting in the summer sun and enjoying some non-dairy ice cream. The way the latest draft of the Canadian Food Guide is shaping up, plant-based milk AND ice cream are going to be the way of the future. The idea of two glasses of milk per day are soon going to be history.
This movement toward plant-based milk is gaining traction throughout the food industry with the global plant-based milk market expected to hit $18 Billion US Dollars in 2018. In England, a London coffee shop is making the switch to serving only plant-based milk to their customers. In the US, a large dairy company is ditching the dairy after decades of operation due to low demand and high operating costs. Examples of this trend keep stacking up.
The new Canadian Food Guide is slated to come out early in 2018. It is rumored to be more plant-based and focused on the consumer rather than the needs and demands of food producers and the food industry that have found their way into previous versions. The last revision was in 2007.
Here are two brief and informative articles and the Phase 1 Report from the Government of Canada on the development of the New Canadian Food Guide.
- July 20 Globe and Mail Article about the Canadian Food Guide by Sylvain Charlebois
- July 21 Passport 2017 ‘A New Food Guide for Canadians” by Ashley Joseph also gives a good overview of where the new food guide is headed
- Phase 1 ‘What We Heard Report’ – Canada’s Food Guide Consultation Report from June 10, 2017
Read here about the Canadian Food Guide Guiding Principles shaping the latest version.
Principle 1: People are to eat a variety of nutritious foods and beverages.
Principle 2: Processed and Prepared foods high in saturated fat and sodium as well as beverages high in sugar are bad for your health.
Principle 3: Focus on helping Canadians gain knowledge and skills around food selection, meal planning and preparation. Development and practice of healthy eating habits as well as the environmental impact of the food system are also noted.