Eating Well with Canada's Food Guide

Eating Well with Canada’s Food Guide is designed to help all Canadians look, feel and perform their best. It does this by recommending a way of selecting foods to meet the body’s needs for energy and nutrients.

The amount of food each person needs depends on his or her age, body size, gender, and activity level. For women, energy and nutrient requirements change if they are pregnant or breast feeding. This variation in individual characteristics explains why the Food Guide gives a lower and higher number of servings for each food group.

Eating Well with Canada’s Food Guide was updated by Health Canada in 2011 and contains some new features. The biggest change was to place vegetables and fruits as the food group with the highest recommended daily servings. This replaced the grain products food group. Health Canada has also incorporated a wider variety of suggested foods which are more representative of our diverse Canadian population (e.g. bulgar, couscous, and kefir). The guide has been translated into 10 additional languages.