Information on topics on healthy eating across the lifespan can be found below.
Healthy eating ensures your body gets all the nutrients it needs. It also helps reduce your risk of developing chronic diseases, such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and cancer.
It’s recommended to have a healthy pattern of eating most of the time.
Healthy eating doesn’t mean you have to give up your favourite foods, but try to choose healthier options more often. The pattern of eating over longer periods of time is more important than any one meal or food.
Follow the healthy eating recommendations from Canada’s Food Guide into your everyday diet to ensure it’s a healthy one.
Visit Canada’s Food Guide for more information on healthy eating, recipes, resources and more.
As of January 1, 2017, some food service establishments must provide information about calories for all standard menu items. You can use the information to make informed choices when eating out.
Where can calorie information be found?
Which establishments must provide calorie information?
Which menu items must include calorie information?
Making healthy food choices
The menus will also list the recommended daily amount of calories for adults. This amount is only a general guide – individual needs can vary.
Focus on quality when you make food choices. Some foods that are nutritious could be higher in calories, and that is ok. For example,
It’s the law
The Healthy Menu Choices Act (Government of Ontario) sets the rules for food service premises to have calories on their menus.
General information about the Act (Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care)