Hundreds and hundreds of doctors in Canada have signed a document written to Health Canada….
Re: Canada’s Food Guide Consultation
From: Group of concerned Canadian Physicians and Allied Health Care providers
For the past 35+ years, Canadians have been urged to follow the Canadian Dietary Guidelines. During this time, there has been a sharp increase in nutrition-related diseases, particularly obesity and diabetes. We are especially concerned with the dramatic increase in the rates of childhood obesity and diabetes. In 1980, 15% of Canadian school-aged children were overweight or obese. Remarkably, this number more than doubled to 31% in 2011 (24); 12% of children met the criteria for obesity in the same reporting period (1,2,3). This has resulted in a population with a high burden of disease, causing both individual suffering, and resulting in health care systems which are approaching their financial breaking points (3). The guidelines have not been based on the best and most current science, and significant change is needed. (my bold and underlining)
Well – how wonderful! I hope this spreads around the world.
Look what they suggest in real food terms! It’s what the voices crying in the wilderness have been saying for years…..
Real Food Examples
Fats & Proteins – Eggs, sardines, mackerel, salmon, beef, chicken (with skin), lamb, pork, liver, kidney, heart, avocados, olives, full-fat cheese, full-fat yoghurt, cream, almonds, macadamia nuts, brazil nuts, walnuts
Carbohydrates – Broccoli, spinach, green beans, bell peppers, tomatoes, mushrooms, cauliflower, courgettes, onions, carrots, butternut squash, wild blueberries, strawberries, apples, oranges, lemons, parsnips, beans, legumes, potatoes, fermented breads, whole grains (rice, oats, bulgur, wheat berries, quinoa etc).
Drinks – Water, tea, herbal tea, fruit tea, coffee, whole milk, heavy cream
Oils – Beef tallow, butter, coconut oil, ghee, duck fat, lard and cold-pressed olive oil
Fake processed food examples:
Fats & Proteins – Low-fat cheeses, low-fat yogurt, low-fat margarine, beans in sauce, flavoured nuts, canned whipped cream
Carbohydrates – Sugary cereals, refined breads, refined pastas, potato chips, biscuits, cakes, sweetened and dried fruit
Drinks – Sugary soft drinks, fruit juices, low-fat milk, sugary milkshakes, pre-packaged smoothies
Oils – Sunflower oil, corn oil, vegetable oil, soya oil and canola oil.
Here is the link to the PDF file – and if you are interested, there is a Week’s suggested menu at the end.
What an amazing thing.
And about time too!