Chicken is Canada’s most popular meat protein. Canadians love chicken because its nutritious, delicious and convenient. But Canada’s chicken farmers are concerned about the new Canadian Food Guide.
We fully support the emphasis on protein-rich foods as the foundation for a healthy diet. However, we are concerned that only plant based sources of protein are highlighted in the general description of the Guiding Principles. (Poultry is referred to in a more detailed summary as a ‘nutritious everyday food.’)
We are concerned that the absence of information about protein sources in the general description will mislead Canadians. The new recommendations do not communicate any information about protein quantity or quality. Researchers have developed many methods for evaluating the quality of a food protein measuring amino acids, digestibility, and how well it meets human needs. In addition to amino acids, animal protein offers nutrients such as vitamin B12, zinc, and heme iron. Additionally, our bodies absorb the iron from animal-based protein (heme iron) better than the iron from plant-based protein. Yet these important considerations are not reflected in the recent draft of Canada’s Food Guide.
We are also concerned that Health Canada left out the agriculture industry, physicians and other health professions in the consultation process, relying on the public, federal government, private sector, academics and NGOs to base their findings
Chicken Farmers of Canada are requesting that Health Canada include all protein sources in the general principles of the Canada Food Guide, not just plant based ones and that future consultations include the agriculture industry, physicians and other health professionals.
If you would like more information or would like to know how you can help spread this important message please contact Marty at Chicken Farmers of Canada.
Senior Corporate Communications Officer
Chicken Farmers of Canada
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