Consumption patterns of the food groups vary among women depending on income; women with higher incomes report greater consumption of fruits, vegetables, meats, and meat alternatives . While most Canadian women have enough to eat, there is still a portion of the population that reports being food insecure . It is not uncommon for low income women to forgo their own eating in order for their children to eat better and/or to afford other basic needs, such as adequate housing [9, 10].
Indian and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC), Santé Quebec  and the results from the First Nations Regional Longitudinal Health Survey  provide information on the nutritional status of some of the First Nation and Inuit communities of Canada. In the communities surveyed women did not consume the recommended portions of fruits, vegetables, and dairy products and had a higher intake of fat, sugar, and protein than recommended. Intake of calcium, magnesium, folate, vitamin C and Vitamin A were also lower than recommended levels . It is not clear if a country diet (based on traditional foods) is or should be directly relatable to the Food Guide.
Women who live in northern and remote parts of Canada report having to buy unhealthy foods because healthier alternatives are often too expensive [9, 13].