Eat Smart: Nutrition | CKPGToday.ca
“The food guide has become more of a descriptive way of eating. Now it’s a plate and how you would look at it,” said Registered Dietitian Sherry Ogasawara. “Half your plate should be covered with fruits and vegetables, a quarter should be covered with protein foods, and the final quarter should be whole grains.”
The food guide is no longer just about what you put in your mouth. In recent years, the food guide has taken a more holistic approach to healthy eating habits. The guide emphasizes things like mindfulness while eating and slowing down at the table. He also talks about the importance of the social aspects of food. Cooking and eating with others as well as passing on cultural traditions through food are great ways to form better food habits.
These recommendations seem simple enough, but what about all the new information coming your way every day? Food crazes are constantly changing, from the popularity of goji berries and pomegranates in the early 2000s to the rise of kale and fermented foods in recent years, food trends and what is considered healthy or even a superfood. foods always seem to change, but what else is a superfood?
“It’s actually defined in Webster’s Dictionary, but in terms of scientific designation, there is no such thing as a superfood,” Ogasawara continued.
Some new trends in the western world offer health benefits that many other places have known for centuries. Plant proteins have been gaining popularity in recent years. With products like the impossible burger being available at popular restaurants, it’s easier than ever for the average person to try plant-based alternatives to meat. The increase in awareness and accessibility of products used around the world also means an increase in vegetable proteins in our diets. Things like jackfruit, soy and lentils are now mainstays in many cuisines across Canada.
“Plant proteins tend to contain lower amounts of certain fats that could cause problems later on through overconsumption. High-protein plant-based foods also tend to be high in fiber,” Ogasawara said.
One thing has remained true through every change in the knowledge we have about food and that is that a mix of fresh whole foods and exercise is the best bet for living a healthier life.