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Canada’s Food Guide is an eating plan to help children, teens and adults make healthy food choices. “Eating Well with Canada’s Food Guide” was created by Health Canada and replaces the 1992 version called “Canada’s Food Guide to Healthy Eating”.
The Food Guide can be used by:
Eating the recommended number of servings from the four food groups will help you get the nutrients needed for good health. It may also help you lower your risk of certain chronic diseases like diabetes and heart disease.
Each food group is high in certain nutrients, but no single food or food group can give you all the nutrients you need. This means it is important to eat a variety of food from each food group every day.
A Food Guide Serving is a reference amount of food. It is used to show the number of choices you need each day from each food group. The Food Guide shows examples of what equals ONE Food Guide Serving from each of the four food groups.
The following are examples of one Food Guide Serving:
That depends on your age and gender. The recommended number of Food Guide Servings is an average amount that you should try to eat each day. You will find the recommended number of Food Guide servings for you in the chart shown in Eating Well with Canada's Food Guide.
Choosing foods from each of the four food groups helps you get the nutrients you need. Avoiding an entire food group may cause you to miss some key nutrients. Follow these tips to make each Food Guide Serving count.
The Food Guide is a tool you can use to get the nutrients you need for good health. Making healthy food choices, watching portion sizes and getting regular physical activity are all ways to help you maintain a healthy body weight and prevent chronic diseases.
Learn about how many Food Guide Servings you need by watching the EatRight Ontario video series on healthy eating.
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