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Food Guide Recommendations are Changing

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Written by Ivan Sutton

The Canadian Food Guide recommendations are changing.  It is no surprise that more and more people are discovering that it is healthier to eat less meat.  Seventh-day Adventists have been advocating for a plant based vegetarian diet for over a hundred years and have been promoting it world-wide.

It has taken this long for many people who are not part of the church to catch up with what they have practiced  for so long.  It doesn’t take much research to discover the rise in interest in a vegan or vegetarian lifestyle.  In fact, it is now quite trendy.

“Vegetarians and vegans now account for nearly 10 per cent of Canada’s population, and their increased presence is forcing the restaurant and meat production industries to consider new approaches.”, CTV News.

“I think we’re living in kind of a boom of veganism,” said Eva Lampert, director of vegan operations at the 5700 Inc., an events and hospitality company. “People are more curious about it, and thankfully, that has meant there’s more demand for it.” Global News.

Recently, CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta explored blue zones around the world and discovered Loma Linda, California as the only area in North America withe a high population of people living over 100 years.

But there is more.  Fueled by the threat of global warming, some scientists are looking at the environmental cost of raising meat produce.  If you believe what they are saying, the impact is alarming.  In an effort to slow and potentially reverse environmental damage, many people are cutting back or even cutting out a meat based diet.

The Canadian Food Guide last year also made a surprising move to dramatically update the meal guide.  You will note from the graphic below that meat occupies a small portion of the plate while vegetables and beans occupy a more prominent position.

Canadian Food Guide

Alcohol

There has been a debate on for decades about the benefits or harm of consuming alcohol.  Some say that a glass of wine is beneficial for your body.

In a recent study, it suggests that the safest amount of alcohol to consume is none.  None!

Article  –  Study

Veggies

You hear it from time to time that some people refuse to eat some vegetables for one reason or another.  But if you wanted a short list of veggies you should develop a love for because of their benefit to the body, here is our list:

  • Spinach
  • Carrots
  • Broccoli
  • Garlic
  • Brussels Sprouts
  • Kale
  • Green Peas
  • Swiss Chard
  • Ginger
  • Asparagus
  • Red Cabbage
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Collard Greens
  • Kohlrabi
  • Beets
  • Tomatoes
  • Onions
  • Alfalfa Sprouts
  • Cauliflower
  • Red Bell Peppers

Low Carb Diet

Everyone may know someone that has tried or is trying a low carb diet.  The outcomes for weight loss in some people are impressive.  The idea that you cut out carbohydrates and allow you body to unlock stored energy in fat cells is quite exciting.

However, that requires diet that drastically reduces intake of beans and fruit, and grains to mention a few.  The diet consists of protein and green veggies and fat.

According to the new research,  you should choose a diet that replaces carbs with plant-derived proteins and fats.  Such diets may help prolong life — unlike the diets that replace carbs with animal proteins and fat.

Dr. Sara Seidelmann, who is a clinical and research fellow in cardiovascular medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, MA, led the research.

According to her, “Low-carb diets that replace carbohydrates with protein or fat are gaining widespread popularity as a health and weight loss strategy.

“However, our data suggest that animal-based low-carbohydrate diets, which are prevalent in North America and Europe, might be associated with shorter overall lifespan and should be discouraged.”  (Medical News Today)

In conclusion, plant based living is the constant in health and longevity.  It is up to each person to investigate for themselves the food that will have the best benefit for the body.  Consciously select the food that will be consumed as if your life depends on it.

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