Canada’s, January 06, 2019: In a brand new food guide soon to be released by Health Canada,one of the original four food groups is drastically minimized. The document has yet to be made public, but early versions of Canada’s national nutrition guide indicate that dairy is cut out almost entirely. Previously, the food guide recommended Canadians take in four full servings of dairy products, including milk and cheese, every single day. Now though, draft versions which were shown at focus groups have that number drastically reduced according to narcity.com
In fact, in the new food guide, there is only one small quantity of dairy represented and recommended for daily intake, one pint of milk. This removes cheese, yogurt, and other delicious products completely.
To replace it, the draft guide has an increased focus on alternative proteins like legumes and unsalted nuts as a healthy alternative to cheese. As for beverages, messaging from the new guide encourages water instead of milk.
The lack of dairy is the biggest change here, but it’s not the only one. Also gone is the rainbow format of the guide that we have all grown up with. Instead, the guide simply identifies 28 different foods that should or could be eaten every day as part of a well-balanced diet. It doesn’t even mention how much of each should be consumed.
Even for people who aren’t lactose intolerant, dairy can have negative effects on digestion, increase congestion, cause fatigue, and even lead to acne. Experts have recommended cutting dairy entirely to remedy all these problems in more.