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Favourite foods of Canadians

Beef, apples, corn on the cob, potatoes, cheese and maple syrup are some of Canadians' favourite local foods, but choices differ by region, according to a survey by the Dietitians of Canada.

Beef, apples, corn on the cob, potatoes, cheese and maple syrup are some of Canadians' favourite local foods, but choices differ by region, according to a survey by the Dietitians of Canada.

The online survey, conducted by Ipsos Reid, polled 2,201 Canadians on their favourite foods from their regions. It has a margin of error of +/-2.1 percentage points, 19 times out of 20.

Perhaps not surprisingly, Albertans tended to favour beef while British Columbians preferred fresh vegetables. Residents of Saskatchewan and Manitoba named corn on the cob as tops, while Ontarians preferred apples over any other food.

Quebecers were most likely to pick cheese while Atlantic Canadians were most likely to indicate that lobster was their favourite local food.

"The results show that Canadians enjoy a wide variety of foods, which is a really good thing because variety is a key factor in eating well," Caroline Dubeau, spokesperson of Dietitians of Canada, said in a news release.

The survey was conducted to help mark National Nutrition Month, which takes place in March.

About 86 per cent of those polled said they were confident that the food they eat in Canada is safe.

About 96 per cent believe that the term "healthy" describes foods found in their region, and about 78 per cent of those surveyed said it is important for them to know where their food is grown.

"The big impetus is to get people to focus on understanding where their food comes from other than assuming everything is just neat because it comes from the grocery store in a pretty package," says Dietitians of Canada spokesperson Mary Bamford.

"We need to have Canadians question what they are actually feeding their families," the Toronto dietitian adds. "Is it food or a food-like substance?"

The survey found that 59 per cent believe it to be true that fruits and vegetables produced closer to where they live contain more nutrients than those that have travelled from afar, while 41 per cent think that claim is false.

It also found that as a way of controlling their food bills, eight in 10 Canadians are cooking at home more often.

With files from The Canadian Press

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