New diet guideline: increase vegetable, dairy
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.