Eating the right amount and type of food is important for all of us. Children aged two years and older can get the nutrients and calories they need to grow and develop by following Canada's Food Guide.
Canada's Food Guide recommends including foods from each of the four food groups -- Vegetables and Fruit, Grain Products, Milk and Alternatives, and Meat and Alternatives -- plus a small amount of added oils and fats.
Download or order your copy of Canada's Food Guide to learn more about the right amount and type of food for you and your family.
Good reasons to eat well
Eating well not only contributes to your family's everyday wellbeing but also reduces the risk of health problems such as obesity, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, certain types of cancer and osteoporosis. Follow the links below to learn more about:
- Meal planning > How to plan meals with your family in mind.
- Fast and easy meal ideas > How to get a healthy meal on the table in a hurry.
- Grocery shopping > How to make wise food choices when you grocery shop.
- Eating out > How to eat well when eating out
Children aged nine to 13 should have six Food Guide Servings of Vegetables and Fruit and six Food Guide Servings of Grain Products every day.
Since 2007, many food manufacturers have reduced the trans fat content of their products.
Nutrition labelling became mandatory for all prepackaged foods in Canada in 2007.
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