Support Change to Canada’s Dietary Guidelines

More than 715 Canadian Physicians and Allied Health Professionals Asked Health Canada to Reform Canada's Food Guide

An open letter was sent to Health Canada in December 2016. We have now written a rebuttal letter following review of Health Canada's initial proposed food guide changes.

Read the initial open letter

(December 16, 2016)

View the Rebuttal Letter

(July 24, 2017)

Our Public Petition is Still Open

Who We Are

We are a group of concerned Canadian physicians who have been working very hard to make sure Canada's new Dietary Guidelines are based on evidence.

The main problem with the current dietary guidelines is that low quality, high carbohydrate filler foods such as refined starch and sugar are pushed as the foundation of the diet. For the vast majority of the population, these mostly empty filler foods add calories with minimal nutrition.

Letter Authors

Dr. Barbra Allen Bradshaw, MD FRCPC

Anatomical Pathologist
Vernon, BC

Dr. Carol Loffelmann, MD FRCPC

Toronto, ON

Listen to Dr’s Bradshaw and Loffelmann discuss the letter in these recordings from the Lipidema & Keto Worldwide Summit 2017.

Part 1

Part 2

Why The Need For Change

The rates of diabetes, obesity, fatty liver, metabolic syndrome and other dietary diseases have skyrocketed in the last several decades, and there is a definite association between the dramatic increase in these conditions and the introduction of the low fat dietary guidelines. Although this would probably come as a surprise to most Canadians, we now know that the the current low fat guidelines were never supported by evidence.

It is also noted that since we issued the low fat dietary guidelines, the costs associated with treating diabetes, obesity and metabolic syndrome are expected to bankrupt out health care system.

recent report of the Heart and Stroke Foundation states that sugar sweetened beverages alone will cost our health care system 50 billion dollars in the next 25 years.

There is now good evidence that sugar (especially fructose), as opposed to fat, is the main driver of obesity and diabetes, and medical research is now implicating sugar in heart disease.

As physicians, we have a responsibility to advocate for change to these dietary guidelines, and as a profession, we have been too complacent for too long.

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