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A history of the Canada Food Guide
Daily dish recommendations over 7 decades
Last Updated: July 3, 2012
Canada's Official Food Rules rolled out in 1942 as a wartime nutrition program. The simple leaflet encouraged consumers to drink milk and eat potatoes daily along with leafy green vegetables. Over time, the food rules later became Canada's food guide and contained more detailed information as well as a wider array of options to meet the changing tastes of the growing population. Select the years on the left to read more about how the food guide has changed from 1942 to the present.
Illustrations adapted from Health Canada