“Google the term ‘examples of healthy recipes’ and you’ll notice there’s very little variety in what healthy eating looks like, and that the definition of ‘healthy’ is pretty narrow. To be more specific, you’ll see recipes and meals that are considered mainstream for white, non-immigrant Americans. When healthy eating is presented through a Eurocentric lens the implication is that other cultures’ foods are not as healthy,” she wrote.
Registered dietitian Shahzadi Devje of Toronto agreed, adding this comes down to a lack of knowledge on how healthy these foods can be.
“Our schools rely on Canada’s food guide to inform their curriculum to shape children’s perception of healthy eating. Unfortunately, the current food guide doesn’t represent Canada’s multicultural tapestry,” she told Global News. “It’s inevitable then, that cultural cuisine remain in the shadows and we’re bombarded with kale smoothies, quinoa bowls and salads as ‘the way’ to eat to be healthy and well.”