Better food = better you and better planet

January 5, 2016

‘Food rich, nutrition poor’

That’s the expression a friend used when the subject of typical Canadian diets came up in a conversation over the holidays: “We are food rich but nutrient poor.”

Sadly, it’s not untrue. Many of us have fallen into lifestyles that are so busy that we’ve grown to rely on highly processed, heavily packaged foods – strong on convenience, but often weak on nutrition. And they typically come with a string of ingredients that we can’t pronounce: preservatives, artificial flavours, sweeteners and more. Bad for us.

Plus – all that processing and packaging means lots of embedded energy (think fryers, freezers and microwaves), and lots of trash. Bad for the planet.

So if New Year’s is a time for resolutions, why not aim to make ourselves food rich AND nutrient rich this year? More basic ingredients, more local food, more flavour, better health!

Need ideas? Think soup (great for using up leftovers too!); check out these 11 foods that are good for you and the planet; and read more on the impacts of our food choices on the planet here.

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