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1 Running head: CANADAS FOOD GUIDE: THE PRACTICAL VERSION Canadas Food Guide: The Practical Version Katrina Brown Virtual High School H. Finn HFA4U a1+ 2019-01-14
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2 CANADAS FOOD GUIDE: THE PRACTICAL VERSION
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3 CANADAS FOOD GUIDE: THE PRACTICAL VERSION One common misconception with Canadas food guide is how big serving sizes are or how to eat all these servings in one day. This problem will be fixed with a new food guide format. Instead of the original format with the colour coded stripes that contain the four different food groups, this new food guide will take inspiration from the “healthy eating plate” created by nutrition experts at Harvard School of Public Health. This gives a practical visualization of how much of each food group should be eaten per meal. It also suggests how many meals and snacks should be eaten per day. All of these new food guide additions will solve the sense of ambiguity that a lot of people feel when wanting to figure out how exactly they should divide their meals and eat all these servings in one day. Another criticism that people have with this guide is that it is not very diverse. People have criticized the food guide as not being accommodating to people with chronic disease or illnesses. The way that I solved this problem is by using new food groups. These new groups will have universally acceptable titles that are inclusive and considerate of all cultures, medical restrictions such as diabetes and heart disease and various dietary values. Instead of “Meat and Alternatives” I have changed the category to “protein products” due to the fact that many people get their protein from various sources due to their diet, medical restrictions, cultural beliefs, age etc. I also made Vegetables and Fruits separate groups for those with medical restrictions and since fruit has the potential of being a high-risk food when weight-watching. This is because these people may need to minimize their fruit intake or modify it. That way, people can modify the plate easier to minimize or maximize their vegetable/ fruit intake. This is especially useful since on the old food guide, fruits and vegetables were grouped together, so people did not know exactly how much fruit to eat per day, and how many vegetables to eat per day. Since there are
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4 CANADAS FOOD GUIDE: THE PRACTICAL VERSION now separate food groups, there are distinct recommendations for fruits and vegetables and that sense of ambiguity is dismissed. This makes the new guide even more comprehensive, since it is more customizable. The food plate located on the bottom right corner of the guide contains a variety of fruits that are very common all over the world and not just in Canada; lychee, papaya, apricots and dragon fruit. There are also proteins common to various types of people from around the world and from different cultures. On the dairy and alternatives section, there is a
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