Healthy Eating: A New Vision
Healthy eating is the goal of many (sometimes contradictory) messages. On one hand, healthcare professionals encourage people to eat healthily. On the other hand, the food industry offers us a seemingly endless assortment of “health”-food products. Ultimately, they want us to lose weight either with unpredictable products or through approaches that aren’t necessarily health-based when push comes to shove. What is the best way to eat better on a daily basis?
Healthy eating doesn’t have to be rocket science: you just have to account for vitamins, fat, sugar, salt…that’s why we encourage you to visit l'étiquetage nutritionnel des produits alimentaires . In this regard, the Guide alimentaire canadien remains an important tool for each of us.
Nutrition specialists are now offering the general public a simpler way to eat healthily. It is intended for people without specific health problems and not for people with specific dietary needs.
Rather than avoid unhealthy food, we encourage you to consider a larger daily intake of healthier foods, since healthy eating comes from a varied diet: these are everyday foods. Priority should therefore be given to everyday foods like fruit, vegetables, whole grains (whole wheat, rice, etc.), lean meats and low-fat dairy products.
Some other foods that may be eaten on occasion are called occasional foods, while others, like food that is high in salt, sugar or animal fat, should be eaten as rarely as possible and in small quantities.
More generally, this vision of healthy eating shows that food must be considered as a whole. It is important to recognize that education, knowledge and personal tastes are just a few of the factors that influence an individual’s daily diet.
Another way to eat better is to consume foods that are minimally processed or unprocessed. In this way, it is easier to control the fat, sugar and salt that are added to the food you eat. In Outaouais, we encourage people to buy foods from farms in the region. It is one way of encouraging people in the area, while offering an additional means to eat quality, everyday foods that are minimally processed.
Making healthier foods available and accessible in society and encouraging people to buy them: that is the challenge!
While eating is certainly one of life’s greatest pleasures, we must not forget that it serves two purposes: to nourish our bodies and provide an opportunity for sharing and enjoyment.