The latest from Statistics Canada constitutes a national emergency. With soaring healthcare costs and a growing senior population, we simply must focus on prevention if we are to be fiscally and socially responsible.
In 2012, only 40.6% of Canadians aged 12 and older, reported that they consumed fruit and vegetables five or more times per day (as directed by the Health Canada).
This rate is unchanged from 2011. Fruit and vegetable consumption peaked in 2009 at 45.6% (that’s a peak?) and then decreased two years in a row in 2010 and again in 2011, marking the first decline in the rate since 2001. From 2001 to 2012, females were more likely than males to consume fruit and vegetables the five or more times daily. In 2012, 47.0% (6.6 million) of females versus 33.9% (4.6 million) of males.
When those who were classified as obese were combined with those who were overweight, 59.9% of men and 45.0% of women in Canada were considered at greater risk of disease due to their weight. http://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/82-625-x/2013001/article/11840-eng.htm
The ratio of male to female obese and overweight numbers match the fruit and veggie consumption stats. Coincidence?
All of this to say that Canadians are obviously in dire need of nutritional education, information that they are clearly not receiving in sufficient amounts from the government and schools. Especially in light of the ever growing onslaught of advertising they are exposed to each day. To continue on this path spells disaster for everyone, especially those who are disadvantaged in any way. YOU can help.
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What is one serving?
(Fruit juice is so high in sugar, and without natural fibre, so it's best to avoid considering it a serving)
125 mL (½ cup) fresh, frozen or canned fruits or vegetables
250 mL (1 cup) raw leafy veggies or salad
One serving of vegetable can be:
½ cup (125 mL) broccoli florets
10 baby carrots
1 roma tomato
½ cup (125 mL) tomato juice
½ of a baked sweet potato
1 ear of corn
One serving of fruit can be:
1 medium banana
1 medium apple
1 medium peach
Consider using the PCRM's Power Plate while we wait for a revised Canadian food guide.