New diet guide­line: in­crease veg­etable, dairy

China Daily (Canada) - - NEWS CAPSULE -

China’s top health au­thor­ity re­leased a new di­etary guide­line, stress­ing the need for a bal­anced diet amid ris­ing health threats such as obe­sity in re­cent years.

The guide­line, a re­vi­sion of a ver­sion drafted in 2007, takes into ac­count the main nu­tri­tional prob­lems and eat­ing habits of the Chi­nese in re­cent years, ac­cord­ing to the Na­tional Health and Fam­ily Plan­ning Com­mis­sion.

It lays out a nu­tri­tious and healthy diet that will help peo­ple main­tain health and pre­vent disease, said Chang Jile, of the com­mis­sion’s Depart­ment for Disease Con­trol and Preven­tion.

The new guide­line em­pha­sizes the ben­e­fit of con­sum­ing a va­ri­ety of foods, in­creases veg­etable and dairy con­sump­tion and re­duces salt and oil, he said. Com­pared with the 2007 guide­line, it trims the rec­om­mended amounts of cer­tain types of foods — such as meat, soy­beans and salt — and en­cour­ages peo­ple to drink more wa­ter.

Chi­nese adults should eat 40 to 75 grams of meat a day, it says, com­pared with 50 to 75 grams in the 2007 guide­line. Rec­om­men­da­tions for other foods, such as veg­eta­bles, dairy prod­ucts and oil, re­main the same.

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