An Angus Reid survey shows nearly half of the Canadians polled say it’s become more difficult to put food on the table over the last 12 months, and four-in-ten say adhering to the new Canada Food Guide makes paying their food bill even more challenging.
Respondents with household incomes under $50,000 are more likely to have chosen less healthy, cheaper options, or to have cut back on meat and vegetables as a response to their affordability woes.
Half of lower-income Canadians say it would be difficult for them to afford to eat a diet based on the new guide, which places greater emphasis on plant-based foods and less on meat as a source of protein.
More Key Findings: (Courtesy of Angus Reid)
- Those who say they struggle to feed their households are twice as likely to say the Food Guide diet would be somewhat difficult (40% to 20%), and five times as likely (24% to 5%) to say it would be very difficult to afford, compared to those who say it is easy to feed their household
- Canadians are divided about diets. Half (48%) say it is easy to eat healthy if they try, while half (48%) say that even if they try, this is not easy to accomplish
- Further, six-in-ten Canadians (61%) say they have a hard time keeping track of what is healthy with changing diet trends. This response is most common among those ages 55 and older (68%)