What is Healthy Eating?
Healthy eating is essential to your health and well-being.
Healthy eating means choosing a variety of foods from Eating Well with Canada’s Food Guide everyday! Eating Well with Canada’s Food Guide describes what amount of food people need and what type of food is part of a healthy eating pattern. The eating pattern in Canada’s Food Guide includes foods from each of the four food groups – Vegetables and Fruit, Grain Products, Milk and Alternatives, and Meat and Alternatives – plus a certain amount of added oils and fats.
Prepare meals that include foods from each of the four food groups. Aim to include at least 3 of the 4 food groups at breakfast and meal times and 2 of the food groups at snack time.
Following the eating pattern in Canada’s Food Guide will help people:
- Get enough vitamins, minerals and other nutrients.
- Reduce the risk of obesity, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, certain types of cancer and osteoporosis.
- Achieve overall health and vitality.
This information was adapted from Health Canada’s Eating Well with Canada’s Food Guide: A Resource for Educators and Communicators (2007).