The new Canada Food Guide recommends filling half your plate with fruit and vegetables as part of a plant-based diet, but research from the University of British Columbia shows some Canadians are moving in the opposite direction.
In a study published in Nutrients, researchers found Canadians were eating 13 percent fewer fruits and vegetables in 2015 compared to 2004. In 2004, Canadians reported having about 5.2 servings of fruit and vegetables a day but by 2015, they were eating just 4.6 servings daily.
Survey data showed the decrease was mostly due to fewer servings of vegetables, potatoes and fruit juices. It wasn’t all bad, though: Canadians increase how many dark green and orange vegetables they ate each day over the 11 years.