Support Change to Canada’s Dietary Guidelines

The Canadian Clinicians for Therapeutic Nutrition(CCTN) is a group of physicians and allied health providers seeking to use nutrition to reverse metabolic disease, improve and maintain health, facilitate health professional education, and engage in dietary guidelines advocacy.

Support Our Petition

Let Parliament know that our dietary guidelines are not evidence based

Why Change The Dietary Guidelines

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. 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. Although this would probably come as a surprise to most Canadians, we now know that the current low fat guidelines were never supported by evidence.

CCTN's Efforts

  • 16 December 2016

    1. Our Initial Open Letter

    When we learned that Health Canda was to begin open consultation about the Food Guide, we submitted this letter with 190 signatures from concerned Canadian physicians and allied health providers.

  • 24 July 2017

    2. Rebuttal Letter

    Following Health Canada's proposed changes to the Food Guide, we submitted this rebuttal letter and submitted a revised version of the initial open letter, now with 717 signatures.

  • September 2017

    3. Response From the Health Minister

    We received this response to our rebuttal letter  from the Health Minister, the Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor, which does not address our concerns about the inadequacies of the Food Guide and the 'evidence base'.  

  •  September 2017

    4. Reply to Health Minister

    Our latest reply to the Health Minister's letter in which we note the failure to address our ongoing concerns,  and highlight flaws in their 'evidence base'.  Despite asking for a meeting to review our concerns, we have received no further response.

  •  March 2018

    5. Front of Package Labelling

    We submitted this letter in response to Health Canada’s proposed front of packaged labelling for sugar, salt and saturated fat. The scientific evidence clearly does not support the existing recommendations to limit salt and saturated fat. Find a detailed summary of the evidence on salt and saturated fat here.

    Here is a letter you can send to your Member of Parliament regarding front of package labelling on salt and saturated fat.

  •  May 2018

    6. Meeting with Health Canada

    After 1.5 years of advocacy efforts, members of the Canadian Clinicians for Therapeutic Nutrition were invited to Ottawa to meet with Health Canada to discuss the proposed Food Guide changes and Front of Package labelling. This was a very positive meeting, and we had meaningful discussion regarding our concerns with the evidence surrounding saturated fat and salt. We left Health Canada with this letter outlining our recommendations.

    The next step is to have our Parliamentary petition presented by John Aldag, our supporting Member of Parliament. The petition is open for signatures until July 18, 2018.

  •  July 2018

    7. Final Letter to Minister of Health

    In May 2018, members of the CCTN met with Health Canada, and advised that Front of Package warnings on saturated fat and salt are not supported by evidence. The experts do not agree. If the experts do not agree, then we cannot issue population-wide guidelines to restrict saturated fat and salt. Taking sides in an unanswered scientific question is both cavalier and potentially dangerous to Canadians, and risks unintended health consequences.

    The CCTN has written a final letter to the Minister of Health, where we advise of our ongoing concerns about these proposed Front of Package warnings. These warnings appear to be going ahead despite Health Canada hearing from both front line physicians like us, and from renowned Canadian epidemiologists and scientists. Read a copy of the letter here, where we urge the Minister of Health to conduct an independent scientific review of the evidence before proceeding with these warning labels.

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