Cross Country Checkup

Will you embrace the food guide's plant-based diet?

According to the new edition of Canada's Food Guide, healthy eating means a plate filled with produce, grains and nuts — but light on the meat and cheese. In a multicultural society, are these the kind of food choices that will fit everyone?

Meat and dairy out, veggies and whole grains in

Canada's Food Guide now recommends a half-plate of veggies, with meat and whole grains each taking up a quarter. (Health Canada)
Listen to the full episode1:50:55

Canada's (new) Food Guide

The much-beloved chef Julia Child is famous for French cooking and her infatuation with butter. She once said, "The only time to eat diet food is while you're waiting for the steak to cook."

Mrs. Child would likely turn her nose up at Canada's new food guide. It got a long-awaited overhaul this week and it's a lot greener and leaner than past editions. 

Gone are the four food groups. Now, Health Canada says healthy eating means filling up a plate with fruits, veggies, grains and nuts, but going light on the meat and dairy.

Plant-based diets are increasingly popular in Canada, with millennials leading the way. Vegetarians and vegans account for nearly 10 per cent of Canada's population and most are under the age of 35.

But, in a multicultural society like Canada, are these the kind of food choices that will fit everyone?

Our question this week: Will you embrace a plant-based diet?


To encourage thoughtful and respectful conversations, first and last names will appear with each submission to CBC/Radio-Canada's online communities (except in children and youth-oriented communities). Pseudonyms will no longer be permitted.

By submitting a comment, you accept that CBC has the right to reproduce and publish that comment in whole or in part, in any manner CBC chooses. Please note that CBC does not endorse the opinions expressed in comments. Comments on this story are moderated according to our Submission Guidelines. Comments are welcome while open. We reserve the right to close comments at any time.