8 million Canadians eating Thanksgiving dinner with a dietary twist

TORONTO, Oct. 11, 2013 /CNW/ - For the approximately 8 million (22%) of Canadians enjoying Thanksgiving dinner with a dietary twist, vegetarian (eight per cent), gluten-free, raw food and low carbohydrate (five per cent each) top the list.

The vast majority of Canadians (74 per cent) will be accommodating the dietary needs of friends and family this Thanksgiving, according to a new survey commissioned by Udi's Healthy Foods. Only 6 per cent of Canadians report being annoyed at making special accommodations, or wish the person would not attend.

When asked to name three essential items for Thanksgiving dinner, turkey tops the list, followed by mashed potatoes, and stuffing.

"Identifying foods that need to be eliminated for those who follow a vegetarian diet is fairly easy to do," says Stephanie Clairmont, culinary dietitian and nutrition coach. "However, it's a bit more of a challenge when it involves gluten, especially for those who do not typically follow a gluten-free diet themselves. There are some wonderful, great-tasting gluten-free products that can be substituted in traditional recipes as an easy way for everyone to enjoy the meal together. There's no need to cook separate dishes."

Hidden Sources of Gluten at Thanksgiving:

  • Gravy
  • Stuffing
  • Salad dressing
  • Sauces, seasoning and marinades (including soy sauce, mustard and seasoning packs)
  • Pumpkin pie crust
  • Ice cream
  • Instant coffee

The following Registered Dieticians are available to explain the survey results, and provide tips on accommodating special diets:

Stephanie Clairmont, ON
Tristaca Curley, BC

Survey Methodology
From July 19th to July 22nd 2013 an online survey was conducted among 2,530 randomly selected Canadian adults who are Angus Reid Forum panelists. The margin of error—which measures sampling variability—is +/- 1.95%, 19 times out of 20. The results have been statistically weighted according to education, age, gender and region (and in Quebec language) Census data to ensure a sample representative of the entire adult population of Canada. Discrepancies in or between totals are due to rounding.

Source: www.UdisGlutenFree.com

SOURCE: Udi's Healthy Foods LLC

For further information:


Katherine Heydon
FleishmanHillard Toronto

Leo Newman
FleishmanHillard Vancouver

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Udi's Healthy Foods LLC

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