Forks over Knives

When Health Canada finalizes its new food guide, it could do worse than the tag line: forks over knives. That’s because the guiding principles for the document shift to plant-based foods. The food guide will encourage regular intake of vegetables, fruits, whole grains and plant-based sources of protein.

This is one more endorsement in favour of soy with its multiple products and flexible methods of preparation. It’s a change that health experts advocate because the results of eating more plants in the diet are less cardiovascular disease, less obesity and less diabetes. It’s a change that soy farmers and Canadian-based processors are ready for, too.

In the July 21 edition of the Globe and Mail, Sylvain Charlebois opined: “We might even see a focus on more plant-based proteins such as beans, lentils, nuts and tofu.” As the dean of the faculty of management and professor in food distribution and policy, Dalhousie University, Charlebois noted how the changes might upset some agricultural sectors such as dairy and beef. “The next food guide will make the disconnect between Canadian agricultural policies and food consumption much more obvious.”

The food guide will be published in 2018, but that doesn’t mean you can’t shift your diet, for good, now.


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