You may have heard of the Canadian Food Guide. It is the go to resource for those wanting to eat better. The problem with the food guide is it is wrong. It is outdated and completely misleading.

Shocking I know. Let me explain.

The Canadian Food Guide’s foundation is based on large serving of grains. It recommends 6 – 8 servings a day for adults. 6 – 8 servings a day! Tell that to my gluten sensitive husband and my sister who has been diagnosed with celiac. There are a plethora of problems associated with grains, and the breads and cereals made from them. One of the biggest issues with breads and cereals is that they are over processed and actually contain very little nutrients.

The second fallacy of the Canadian Food Guide is the suggestion that we require 2 servings of milk a day. Not true. We require calcium and protein, both of which can be found from other sources. Broccoli and Kale are excellent sources of calcium, as are almonds.

Milk should not be a staple of your diet. The reason is primarily because milk products are very acidic, that is, when digested milk makes our body more acidic. When our body is overly acidic it leaches calcium and other minerals from our bones to balance the pH levels. This can lead to osteoporosis and other diseases milk is suppose to help you avoid.

The foundation of our diet should be vegetables, good fats and proteins. Below is a new and improved food pyramid that will better serve your nutritional needs.