Canada’s new dietary guidelines are now asking people to consume less meat and dairy products in favour of plant-based foods.
The Canadian government published the new set of dietary guidelines for its citizens which now suggests a large change in many people’s diets.
The recommendations now suggest a “regular intake of vegetables, fruit, whole grains, and protein-rich foods, especially plant-based sources of protein,” while the guidelines also recommend consuming less meat and saturated fat from animal-based sources.
While the recommendations still maintain the inclusion of meat and dairy, it’s certainly a step in the right direction. Canada is now highlighting the importance of plant-based foods and the need to eat more plants than animals.
While Canada’s new dietary guidelines are largely focused on health, they also go into some detail surrounding the environmental aspect of eating less meat and more plants.
“Diets higher in plant-based foods and lower in animal-based foods are associated with a lesser environmental impact.”
Canada’s close neighbours, the United States, most recently released their nutritional guidelines in 2015. Despite the huge surge in plant-based eating and nutritional studies, they failed to highlight the importance of eating less meat.
What’s more, is that the recommendations that removed the recommended limit for cholesterol intake, putting at risk many people’s health despite the growing number of studies that show high cholesterol being a significant precursor to death.
Many speculate this change was heavily influenced by the egg industry to maintain sales at a time when veganism is booming.