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J Zhejiang Univ Sci B. 2016 Sep;17(9):649-56. doi: 10.1631/jzus.B1600341.

Dietary Guidelines for Chinese Residents (2016): comments and comparisons.

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Department of Food Science and Nutrition, College of Biosystems Engineering and Food Science, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou 310029, China.
College of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Zhejiang University of Technology, Hangzhou 310032, China.


A high quality diet is believed to play a functional role in promoting the healthy growth of mankind and preventing many kinds of chronic degenerative diseases, including cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and obesity. Adherence to a high quality diet has been strongly associated with a lower risk of mortality. To help promote healthy lifestyles and physical strength, the Chinese government has produced a new revised version of the Dietary Guidelines for Chinese Residents (2016) and the Chinese Food Pagoda, as guidance for dietary intake among its population. Similarly, the Japanese government has produced the Japanese Food Guide Spinning Top Model, and the US government has recently published revised dietary recommendations in its 2015-2020 eighth edition of Dietary Guidelines for Americans. The evidence from all respective cohort studies involved in producing these guidelines shows a reduced risk of many chronic diseases and mortality if the guidelines are followed. All scientific findings support encouraging the general population to consume a broad variety of food on the basis of nutrient and food intakes in order to prevent deficiency diseases and a surplus of energy and nutrients, and recommend daily physical activity for health promotion.


Chinese Food Pagoda; Dietary Guidelines for Americans; Dietary guidelines; Japanese Food Guide Spinning Top

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Compliance with ethics guidelines: Shan-shan WANG, Sovichea LAY, Hai-ning YU, and Sheng-rong SHEN declare that they have no conflict of interest. This article does not contain any studies with human or animal subjects performed by any of the authors.

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