Health Canada recently published a statement with new guidelines on what to feed infants. Normally I wouldn’t even consider such a statement news, since I don’t purposely subject myself to hearing about the government’s dietary advice. But, this news was indeed quite shocking.
Are you ready for this? Lo and behold Health Canada is actually recommending that infants eat…. meat (and meat alternatives). What the? How did that happen? And why isn’t this breaking news? I’d expect riots out in the streets. How long before they get pressured into backtracking this statement? I’ve only seen it from a handful of news sources, some of which are more than and some of them are all too happy to equate meat with tofu in the headlines. It’s almost like the media doesn’t want to touch this? Personally, I thought that the first article I saw was some sort of spoof until I checked the government website myself. To my delight, here’s what I found:
“First complementary foods should be iron-rich. Recommend meat, meat alternatives, and iron-fortified cereal as an infant’s first complementary foods.”