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New food guide takes aim at snacks


For the first time since its debut in the 1940s,
Canada’s Food Guide includes a paragraph on avoiding “junk food” –
though not under that name.

For the first time since its debut in the 1940s, Canada’s Food Guide includes a paragraph on avoiding “junk food” – though not under that name.

Tucked away near the end of the revered gospel of good eating is a paragraph suggesting that people wishing to maintain good body weight should limit “foods and beverages high in calories, fat, sugar or salt.”

The free guide doesn’t mention brand names but suggests limiting “pastries, chocolate and candies, cookies and granola bars, doughnuts and muffins, ice cream and frozen desserts, french fries, potato chips, nachos and other salty snacks, alcohol, fruit-flavoured drinks, soft drinks, sports and energy drinks, and sweetened hot or cold drinks.”

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Four years in the writing, the new food guide does not mention the obesity epidemic, nor it does compare foods in terms of calories. Instead of providing guidance on calorie intake, the guide focuses on a recommended number of servings from each food category.

The Canada Food Guide is the second-most-requested government document, after income-tax forms.