A future full of nutrient hunters? – Food Pharmacy

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A future full of nutrient hunters?

In the hammock reading an interesting article about the revision of Canada’s Food Guide. And, lo and behold, it seems like the new dietary guidelines encourage people to eat more nutrient-dense foods!

One of the most common questions we get from readers is about food choices: what to eat more of, and what to avoid? The short answer is that we’re nutrient hunters, which basically means that we choose nutritious foods and ingredients, and try to get the maximum amount of nutrients out of every bite. Maybe that’s why we jump for joy when we read that a new version of the Food Guide containing new dietary guiding principles and recommendations, has been released in Canada, and the changes aim to adopt a more nutrition-based approach. It appears that a plant-based diet, with more plant-based proteins like beans, lentils, nuts and tofu, will be strongly encouraged. Awesome!

But hey, the Food Guide’s main goal has always been to promote a nutrient-dense diet, right? Well, a lot has changed since the first Food Guide was released back in the 1940s. In those days, countries had to ensure there was enough food to feed the people, and at the same time, they were eager to protect domestic industries, like dairy and cattle farms. In Canada, concerns for food security were acute. As a result, Canadians were encouraged to have two cups of milk per day in adulthood. Today, in the light of more recent research, it would not be justifiable to advocate such dietary recommendations.

So, when will the Swedish National Food Administration start advocating a more plant-based diet? I guess we just have to call and ask them straight up. But, in order to do so, we have to get out of the hammock, and as we all know, it may take a while.

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