What's on a Canadian Plate?
Ever wonder what Canadians across the country are eating on any given day? We’ve included a few answers to your questions.
Do Canadians eat their fruits and veggies?
In 2012 only 40.6 per cent of Canadians reported that they consume fruits or vegetables more than five times a day.15 It is recommended that adults over 19 years old consume 7-10 servings of fruits and vegetables daily.
But we should.
According to Health Canada “a healthy diet rich in a variety of vegetables and fruit may help reduce the risk of some types of cancer. Eating lots of vegetables and fruit regularly may also lower your risk for heart disease.”16
Percentage of Canadians consuming fruits and vegetables at least five times a day:
What about meat?
Between 2010 and 2020, consumption of meat is expected to change. The average Canadian will eat less beef, but increase his or her consumption of other meats such as pork and poultry. Predicted changes are as follows:17
- Beef: Slight decrease from 12.96 kg to 11.84 kg (per person per year)
- Poultry: Significant increase from 15.76 kg to 18.74 kg (per person a year)
- Pork: Consumption will also increase slightly during this period.