CBC News – Metro Morning
Canada’s new Food Guide is a big departure from previous ones, featuring meat and dairy less prominently than in the past. The new food guide rather focuses on fruits and vegetables, whole grains, proteins, water as your drink of choice. Listen to a great interview with Nick Saul, President and CEO of Community Food Centres Canada. Read article here…
Excerpt: Re: Canada’s Food Guide – “The fact that they didn’t actually look at industry commissioned reports on nutrition: very very important. That’s not what’s happening when in comes to FOP [front-of-package] labeling and marketing to kids, which are the other two things that make up the Healthy Eating Strategy.” – Nick Saul @njsaul
UConn Rudd Centre
The UConn Rudd Center released a report that found that restaurants and food and beverage companies increasingly target Black and Hispanic youth with advertising for their least nutritious products, primarily fast food, candy, sugary drinks, and snacks. For the report, researchers used Nielsen syndicated market research data to analyze companies’ food-related TV advertising in 2017 and compared findings to data reported from 2013. Read report here…
Registered Dietitian, Cara Rosenbloom breaks down what changes to expect in Canada’s new Food Guide. The current guide was published in 2007. Read article here…
Globe and Mail
“The pushback has already prompted Health Canada to make a number of changes to proposals it put forward – including dropping a prohibition against sponsorship of children’s’ sports. Also, it will restrict ads only in TV programs where children make up a certain percentage of the audience…”
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New York Times
Coca-Cola and other multinational food and beverage companies have influenced public health policy in China to focus on exercise and strategically omit recommendations about cutting back ultra-processed foods and sugary beverages. Coca-Cola and other industry giants such as Nestle, McDonald’s, PepsiCo. and Yum! brands fund a group called the International Life Sciences Institute (ILSI) which operates inside the government’s Centre for Disease Control and Prevention in Beijing.
Children aren’t pestering their parents for sugary cereal just because of the taste. A new study by a team of researchers from the Geisel School of Medicine found that television advertisements aimed at young viewers are contributing to preschoolers’ consumption of high-sugar cereals.
“Children don’t have the mental and cognitive capacity to critically analyze content. They don’t know what an advertisement or persuasion is” – Dr. Jennifer Emond
Anna Pippus, a lawyer specializing in food law and policy, writes about the importance of policy tools in shaping Canadians’ diets.
“The interests of the food industry don’t always coincide with healthy eating. What’s at stake is Canada’s new food guide”. Read article here…