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Glossary of Foods

Diverse Cultures and Food

Canada is a country rich in ethnic and cultural diversity. As newcomers settle in, the maintenance of traditional food practices is encouraged. This results in the introduction of new and exciting foods and ways of eating to Canadians. It also increases everyone's options for healthy and tasty foods.

What Does this Mean for Teachers?

The value of knowledge of multicultural foods lies in helping teachers to promote:

  • Student understanding and appreciation of diverse cultures
  • Student appreciation of a great variety of healthy and delicious foods
  • Reduction of cultural barriers in the classroom and the community
  • Inclusion of all cultures in the classroom and the community

Foods of the World

Click on a category and then select a food to read a brief definition and description, or perform a search for the specific food.

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Health Canada offers versions of Canada's Food Guide in several languages.