A series from CBC's Doc Zone

Healthy eating has become a complicated affair. Sifting through cooking paradoxes
and food obsessions, the Doc Zone series Eat, Cook, Love reminds us that eating is
one of life's great pleasures.

What type of
eater are you?

Whip up your profile in one minute.

The balanced eater

Congratulations! You aim to have a varied diet without skimping on pleasure. Stay in shape and keep expanding your culinary horizons!

David Rocco is proud of you!

Consumption per person
of main food products in Canada

  • 1989
    2009
  • Red
    meat
    51 kg
    42 kg
    17%
  • Poultry
    27 kg
    38 kg
    40%
  • Fish
    and seafood
    10 kg
    8 kg
    20%
  • Eggs
    15 dozen
    16 dozen
    7%
  • Milk
    96 l
    81 l
    15%
  • Cheese
    11 kg
    12 kg
    9%
  • Fruits and
    vegetables
    281 kg
    311 kg
    11%
  • Oils
    and fat
    23 kg
    26 kg
    13%
  • Grain
    products
    69 kg
    82 kg
    19%
  • Sugars
    and syrups
    36 kg
    33 kg
    8%
  • Alcoholic
    beverages
    116 l
    108 l
    7%
  • Soft
    drinks
    95l
    85l
    10%
  • Juice
    25l
    25l
  • Tea and
    coffee
    138l
    183l
    33%

Every day,
one in two Canadians eat foods
they didn't prepare.

From 2001 to 2011, consumption of prepared foods for supper rose by 6% in Canada

The practical eater

You often eat on the go, because
you have more important things to do.
But eating is more than a chore.
Spice up your life and discover
the joys of eating!

Marcus Samuelsson agrees, but…

How much time and money
do Canadians spend on their meals?

10%

proportion of the
Canadian household
budget spent on food
(excluding alcoholic beverages).

1 h 02 average daily time
spent on
meals at home.

0 h 42 average daily time
spent preparing meals
and cleaning up.

65% of meals are eaten
and prepared at home.

4% of meals eaten at home
are ready meals, purchased at
a restaurant or supermarket.

Consumers purchasing
habits

supermarket / market

Consumers go to only
one or two stores
to buy their fruits and vegetables.

Supermarkets are the most popular
places to buy food.

People spend less than 30 minutes
at food retail outlets.

The carefree eater

You eat whatever you want,
regardless of its nutritional value.
Watch out for excess salt and sugar,
and don't forget to eat
your fruits and vegetables!

Robert Beauchemin want your well-being

Discover Canadians' restaurant
eating habits

Restaurants
visit frequency

Canadians eat

8%

of their meals at restaurants;
1 meal out of 12.

Elsewhere

  • France
    14%

    1 meal out of 7

  • Spain
    17%

    1 meal out of 6

  • Great Britain
    33%

    1 meal out of 3

In France, eating out
could take a 50% bite out of
people's food budgets within 15 years.

41% of Americans say
eating out is an essential
part of their lifestyle.

20%

of meals will be eaten
outside of home in
Europe in 2020.

The five most frequently eaten foods
in Canadian restaurants in 2009

The five most frequently consumed beverages 
in Canadian restaurants in 2009

Juice 5,5% / Soft drinks 21,3 % / Water 6,1% / Alcoholic beverages 6,5% / Coffee 29,2%

The healthy eco-friendly eater

WHAT IS ORTHOREXIA

The term was coined by Dr. Steven Bratman, in 1997. Although often compared to anorexia, orthorexia is not yet considered an eating disorder. People with orthorexia are obsessed with eating healthy foods. They can spend several hours a day thinking about their diet, plan their meals days in advance, and feel guilty whenever they break their rules.

You follow a strict diet and keep close tabs on what you eat, where it comes from and what it contains. Be careful not to slide into orthorexia!

Jean-Louis Gérin would like to suggest...

Where does the food on our plate come from?

The average distance food travels
from field to plate

70%

of Canadians prefer buying locally farmed,
non-organic tomatoes rather than
organic tomatoes from California or Florida.

Percentage of households
that buy organic foods

IN 2007

often or sometimes all the time rarely or never 45% 5% 48%

LOCAVORE

160 km

2007 Word of the Year in the New Oxford American Dictionary.This trend gave rise to a challenge in British Columbia—the 100-mile diet—where people can only eat foods sourced less than 160 km from their home.

Canadian consumption of
organic products in percentage:

dairy Fruit and vegetables groceries all dairy products
90%
fruits and vegetables
22%
grocery products.
10%

Organic certification

Canada organic USDA organic Bio europeen

ORGANIC logos are used for products with at least 95% organic content. It is forbidden to label products as  100 % organic.

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