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Bob Layton: To your health

With a new year in full swing, a busy schedule can make it difficult to keep up with your resolutions especially if that entails cooking up healthy meals, Monday, January 16, 2017.
With a new year in full swing, a busy schedule can make it difficult to keep up with your resolutions especially if that entails cooking up healthy meals, Monday, January 16, 2017. The Canadian Press

So, I wonder which will make its appearance first: a new Canada Food Guide, or legalized marijuana.

People are asking if a proposed new food guide, leaning more towards plants than meat, would mean cutting the chances of getting cancer.

READ MORE: Changes expected to the Canada Food Guide

People are also asking if legalized marijuana, also leaning towards plants, would be opening the door to lung or other cancers .

READ MORE: Pot … or not? Small provinces much more prepared for Day 1 of legalization

As they look to eliminate positive labelling on marijuana packages, they are also looking to eliminate advertising junk food to children.

READ MORE: Canada proposes warning labels for cannabis products, strict packaging rules

So, what happens if high sugar or high sodium foods are advertised where kids can see it, anyway? Does a CEO go to jail, or is it just a fine considered the cost of doing business?

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There are calls for warning labels on high sugar, high sodium, high fat foods and warning labels on marijuana, yet it will still be legal to sell unhealthy food and smokes.

READ MORE: Health Canada wants to make sure you know your food is high in sugar, sodium and saturated fat

I hope they make the manufacturers list every kind of sugar, so it can’t hide under different names, and I wish grocery stores would have a separate aisle for the sugar-free chocolate and the sodium-free chicken stock. They could include in that aisle the low-fat cheese, so we don’t have to search for it in the high-fat haystack.

I’m guessing there will be no problem finding marijuana.

READ MORE: Edmonton committee to debate permit, licensing fees for recreational pot shops

Let me know what you think.

Bob Layton is the news manager of the Corus Edmonton group of radio stations.

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