How Canadian Eating Habits Have Changed Over 50 Years

Canadian eating habits have changed over the last 50 years. And the meat and potatoes meal is out - replaced by rice and chicken.

Canadian eating habits have changed over the last 50 years.

And the meat and potatoes meal is out – replaced by rice and chicken.

These changes are all the result of Canada being a more racially diverse country.

New Canadians tend to bring their cuisine with them.

And gradually a lot of their dishes find their way  to Canadian tables and in ethnic restaurants.

Canadian Taste Buds Are Changing

And people flock to those restaurants eager to discover and enjoy new tastes and new

The whole trend to trying new food also is part of the world’s globalization.

People travel more to different destinations in the world and will try new food.

And that results in a lot of those new foods becoming part of the Canadian food scene.

Canadians are eating less beef, drinking less milk and soda, and eating more flour-based carbs than they did 50 years ago, according to data analyzed by CBC News.

A more diverse population, changing health trends and a globalized food chain have changed Canadians’ palate in ways unimaginable in the ’60s.

“When you look at demographic changes, economic changes, trade changes and health messages, you understand food changes,” said Malek Batal, a professor of public nutrition at the University of Montreal.

“The ’70s were a golden age for beef, with close to 37 kilograms available per Canadian. Today, it’s less than half of that, and it appears set to keep falling. Its loss is chicken’s gain: There are 25 kilograms of chicken and turkey meat per Canadian these days, the largest of the meats.

“Beef is premium protein. It’s very expensive,” says Sylvain Charlebois, dean of the faculty of management at Dalhousie University in Halifax, and a professor in food distribution and policy.

Get more insights about our changing eating habits.

Those changes in what we eat have become a major headache for food companies

And our changing food habits are causing a bloodbath among Canadian food companies.


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