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Food and Nutrition

Healthy eating is a pattern of eating that contributes to your best possible health. These resources cover many healthy eating topics including eating habits, essential nutrients, food labelling, meal planning and food safety. 

Eating Habits

Making small changes and setting goals can help you change how you eat. Long-term changes to your eating habits can make a big difference to your health. 

Food Labels

Understanding the labels on packaged foods is key to making healthier choices. Learn more about food labels on packaged food.

Food & Water Safety

In this section, find resources on food safety at home and the grocery store, as well as preparing safe food for an emergency. Learn more about food and water safety.

Healthy Eating & Nutrition Topics A-Z

Find healthy eating and nutrition topics that are important to you. To learn more see Healthy Eating and Nutrition Topics A-Z.


Your body needs vitamins and minerals to stay healthy. Food is the best source of many of these essential nutrients. Learn more about nutrients in your diet.

Plan, Shop and Prepare

Reach your healthy eating goals by learning to plan meals and shop for healthy foods. Learn how to plan, shop and prepare for meals.

Plant-based Foods

Plant-based eating focuses on vegetables and fruit, whole grains, legumes (beans, peas, and lentils), nuts and seeds. It is a way of eating that de-emphasizes meat and its contribution to our meals. Learn more about plant-based foods.


Learn how to lower the amount of sodium (salt) you eat. This can help lower your risk for high blood pressure and heart disease. Learn more about sodium in your diet.

Sugary Drinks

Learn more about the benefits of and ideas for making water your drink of choice. Learn more about reducing sugary drinks in your diet.

Useful Resources

Below are useful resources about healthy eating. If you are looking at other websites, see our guide on Finding Reliable Healthy Eating Information on the Internet.

Canada's food guide

Canada’s food guide is intended for healthy Canadians 2 years of age and older. Eating according to the food guide promotes overall health and nutritional well-being and can help Canadians reduce their risk of developing chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease and certain types of cancer. The food guide provides advice on food choices and eating habits, as well as recipes and tips on healthy eating for various settings and life stages. is brought to you by Dietitians of Canada. provides information healthy eating, infant feeding, digestive concerns, eating for specific conditions and more. You can also find resources on cooking, shopping, and meal planning.

Last updated: June 2021