As the Canadian government prepares to unveil its highly-anticipated food guide in 2018, newly-published public-opinion research has shown participants reacted 'fairly positively' to the changes.
Health Canada has released the results of focus-group work conducted earlier this year - in which Canadians were asked to give their opinions on a series of 'foundational statements' that the long-awaited food guide will be based on.
The current guide was last updated in 2007 - and has been criticized by dietitians and researchers along the years.
The statements point to a vegan food-centered food guide, favoring plant-based foods over animal products.
But the government has had to deal with 'pushback from the dairy and meat industries', who saw their profits drop as the new guide puts less emphasis on animal-based products.
The 'foundational statements' - which may be tweaked before they become official next year - are:
Eight focus groups were held in four different cities across the country - and participants generally felt that the advice was clear, practical, and relevant to them and their families.
According to researchers, participants didn't feel guilty about unhealthy food choices when they occasionally indulge.
The study results note: "The general consensus was that the guidance was applicable for all diets (i.e., vegan, vegetarian and omnivore) although some, particularly omnivores, had the sense the guidelines were encouraging Canadians toward a vegetarian diet.
"While most agreed that a diet based primarily on plant-based foods was appropriate, there was a sense that guidance relating to the consumption of meat was diminished and not exactly in line with their preferences.
"For a small number, the perception of being encouraged to eat a vegetarian diet undermined the overall effectiveness of the collection of messages."
Diana is a London-based writer dedicated to bringing you the latest updates in ethical consumerism and plant-based nutrition. She is a recent media graduate with extensive journalistic experience, and writes in hopes of changing the narrative. You can follow Diana on Instagram and Twitter @dianalupica
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