September 13, 2021

Eating Habits in Canada

Eating Habits in Canada

What do the eating habits of Canadians rely on?

By Mahya 

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When considering eating habits in Canada, we should keep in mind that the eating habits of Canadians rely on many different factors. These factors have long been the variants in many important conducted researches with significant and outstanding remarks on how healthy or unhealthy Canada food habits in general are. One of the most remarkable results has been published recently and the study manifests the facts and statistics on Eating behavior in Canada

This is fascinating when compared to the results of another study published in 2004 by Canadian health Reports about dietary practices in Canada. The most important changes in between have occurred, I think, under the impact of social media, and the spread of Covid-19 pandemic. Let’s see how eating habits in Canada have changed over the course of some time.


Study Shows a Transformation in Canadians Eating Habits since COVID-19

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When we talk about Canada, we are already speaking of a Melting pot vs a Salad Bowl ( a cultural idea mostly emphasizing a culture of different ethnicities, races, and beliefs coming together in one place). It goes without saying that for this range of people coming to this land from different geographical backgrounds bring with themselves all their old habits; Then they decide whether they want to keep their old habits untouched, modify them to adapt to the new norms, or drop them altogether. With Canada, one of the nicest phenomena is the possibility of both keeping the old traditions and routines such as eating habits, and even market it to the others.

Canadian eating habits in fact include many different ethnic or national eating habits combined with a taste of modern life. The modern life incident means welcoming fast-food, frozen foods, ready meals, and dining out rather than eating in. So, we can claim that in Canada as a fast-flourishing country, the eating habits of Canadians have been very much even unhealthy up to 2020 and the Lockdown!

A survey conducted by meal-kit company HelloFresh on July 16, 2020, has revealed a return to home cooking and in-home dining, because Canadians have found new values in life. Although many of them complained about weight gain, more frequent snacking, and irregular time choice to eat during the lockdown, most say they have changed, or they are considering changing their eating habits because they found out the importance of putting health first.  What happened to the old Canadian dietary practices?  


The 2004 Canadian Community Health Survey (CCHS) on Canadians’ Eating Habits

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All over 2004, more than 35,000 people were asked to recall what they had eaten during the previous 24 hours.  The Canadians were also questioned about what exactly they had for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks, and they were requested to say whether the food they ate had been prepared at home, in a restaurant, or in a fast-food outlet.

The concluding remarks indicated that a substantial proportion of children and adults did not have a balanced diet although in general the numbers and charts showed an average norm. “Canadians were generally within acceptable ranges for the number of servings from the four major food groups and for the percentage of calories from fat, protein and carbohydrates.  But averages mask” the rest of the group.

The results also revealed that when it came to consuming enough fruits and vegetables, the majority of Canadians were not even close to the five suggested servings of antioxidants and fibers. More than %25 of both sexes in their middle ages were still feeding mostly on fat.

2004 children of ages 4 to 9 seemed to be veering away from milk while their grandparents, over 70, were drinking too much of it!   And to add insult to the injury, Canadians eating habits throughout 2004 was poisoned by getting over a fifth of their calories from “other foods,” such as fast foods or sugary drinks.

That being said, now let’s look at the fascinating results conducted to show the new eating habits in Canada after the spread of the Covid-19 Virus.


Canadian Consumers Make an Effort to Stick to Healthy Eating Habits

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Social media can influence all kinds of toxic habits, but as for this one, let us cheer it for highlighting the importance of having a healthy lifestyle to have a happy life. The seed was planted by Instagram trends but if we want to be honest, it was actually the unfortunate Corona-virus pandemic that pushed many of us to accept and pick a new lifestyle. Part of every lifestyle is eating habits! What you eat, where you eat, how much you eat, how you eat what you eat, and how often you eat what you crave are all now important factors in everybody’s mind.

Thanks to the Pandemic, we Canadians now know it is ok to slow down, to think, and then eat. Otherwise, we spent even more time and money to treat the side-effects of what we consumed thoughtlessly.

In an overview to compare the Canadians’ eating habits from 2019 to that of 2004. We can say that:

-        Canadian consumers have been trying to have healthier eating habits since 2019

-        More than 20 percent of Canadians observe some sort of committed dietary regimen since 2019

-        Over half of Canadians eat lunch at home during the week for Lunch since 2019

-        Although the majority of Canadians are meat eaters, retail sales of meat substitutes are increasing on a daily basis since 2019

-        The concept of a healthy meal in Canada has been established as an abundance of fruits and vegetables, low sugar, low salt, and all-natural ingredients since 2019

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The observed eating behaviors and patterns of Canadians prove that although the Social Crisis of Social Media, and the depression followed by the pandemic cannot be ignored, still there has been some significant changes and alterations in the eating habits picked by people in Canada. The whole comparison between the results of a 2004 study and one of the most recent ones can prove we should expect brighter days in the future.