Canada 150: A Taste of the World!

Aug 10, 2017Health & Nutrition

 The following blog post is written by the hardworking, adventurous (she travelled to China this summer) and professional Ryerson University nutrition student, Sarah Szostok. Thank you for you contribution, Sarah!

Canada is a country that is fortunate to be enriched with a variety of unique food products, cooking styles and dietary patterns. The diverse population found in Canada provides the country with a platform to integrate food habits and trends from around the world. This has resulted in Canadian consumer trends that go beyond solely incorporating foods and spices found in North America. Shown through internationally inspired grocery stores aisles and worldly restaurant options, the Canadian consumer is interested in more diverse food products. Borderless diet trends have impacted popular food choices in 2017 and help to inspire more variety filled meal choices.

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Photo Credit: Sarah Szostok

Defining a Canadian Diet

Trying to accurately define a “Canadian diet” can become challenging because of the amount of variety. It can boil down to taking staple dishes and incorporating spices and flavors from around the world. Depending on what foods a particular individual is comfortable with, flavour and spice experimentation can expand tremendously.
Grocery stores have expanded to accommodate more ethnically diverse flavours. Easier access and constant exposure in restaurants has allows ethnic cuisines such as Mexican and Chinese to become more popular in Canada. The accepted incorporation of worldly cuisines has allowed for other dishes to begin making appearances in the daily eating patterns of Canadians.

Food Trends in 2017

Examples of how diverse the Canadian diet truly is can be shown through 2017 food forecast trends. Major Canadian food forecasts are OUT OF COUNTRY products, including the following:

Turmeric

A South Asian spice used in tea, juice and as a seasoning for vegetables and meats (Forani, 2016). See below recipe for ideas on how to incorporate this spice into meals.

Jack Fruit

A very large South and Southeast Asian fruit with a rubbery texture and a sweet flavor (Forani, 2016).

Harissa

 

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Photo Credit: Amazon – https://www.amazon.com/Trader-Joes-Traditional-Tunisian-Harissa/dp/B01M0UU4G7

A North African hot chili pepper paste used for similar purposes as Sriracha (Waterloo Region Record, 2017).

Food variety is an important part of a healthy diet (Drescher, Thiele, & Mensink, 2007). Consuming a wide range of food helps to ensure that all macro and micro nutrient needs are met, allowing the body to function at an optimal level (Drescher, Thiele, & Mensink, 2007). Canada is a unique country because its multi cultural population provides consumers with many spice, restaurant and food options. With tastes inspired from around the world, adding variety into one’s diet is a worldly adventure for Canadian taste buds.

 

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Photo Credit: Sarah Szostok

Recipe: Roasted Vegetables with Turmeric

 

Ingredients

½ cup chopped carrots
½ cup chopped sweet potatoes
1/3 cup chopped onions
¼ cup chopped mushrooms
1 tbsp olive oil
½ tsp turmeric
Pinch of salt and pepper

Instructions

  1. Chop all vegetables and place in a bowl or a plastic bag. Add the olive oil and spices and mix well.
  2. Spread vegetables onto baking sheet. Put the vegetables in the oven on 350 C for 30 minutes or until vegetables are soft.

Michelle’s Note: For Canada’s 150th Birthday, I find it interesting how immigration has changed the landscape of Canadian cuisine – one that reflects the diversity that has shaped Canadian culture and identity. Of course, indigenous peoples of Canada are the original inhabitants of this land that we occupy. In Southern Ontario where I live, I pay tribute to Iroquois, Ojibway/Chippewa and Anishinabek peoples with whom this land belongs to.
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References
Bone broths, jackfruit and harissa: What’s trending up food-wise for 2017. (2017,). Waterloo Region Record (Online)
Drescher, L. S., Thiele, S., & Mensink, G. B. M. (2007). A new index to measure healthy
food diversity better reflects a healthy diet than traditional measures. The Journal of Nutrition, 137(3), 647.
Forani, J. (2016, ). Food trend forecast: What’s on the menu for 2017. The Toronto
Star (Online)
Loblaw updates on 2017 canadian food trends. (2016, ). Food and Beverage Close –
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