Chinese Nutrition Today Term Paper by Nicky

A review of the nutritional content of a typical meal in a Chinese restaurant today.
# 145283 | 1,461 words | 8 sources | APA | 2010 | US

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The paper describes a typical Chinese meal and how it lacks many of the necessary elements of a nutritionally sound diet. The paper discusses the Chinese Nutrition Society (CNS) and its Dietary Pagoda and compares these guidelines to the USDA Food Pyramid. The paper also discusses the Chinese State Food and Drug Administration (SFDA) and Chinese food labeling laws. The paper outlines the nutritional challenges in mainland China today and the effects of dietary changes on the Chinese population.

Nutritional Content
Food Guidelines in China
Nutritional Challenges in Mainland China

From the Paper:

"Proportionally, the meal contained much more rice than anything else. The amounts of protein and vegetables appear to be much less than rice. Upon first glace, it would appear that the meal sticks to the dietary guidelines put forth by the Chinese Government. In content and portion, this meal appears to be a typical serving size for Chinese restaurant. In order to better analyze the nutritional value of the meal consumed, the following information was derived from (2008) and reflects the nutritional content of the meal.
"For nutritional purposes, the green tea and water add neither calories, nor nutritional value to the meal. The estimated calorie content of the curried chicken, rice, soup and spring roll are 1,098 calories for all of the dishes combined. This is about 1/2 of the daily calories needed for the average person, according to the US Food pyramid. The total protein content is 49.5 grams. It contains a total fat content of 55 grams. It contains 99 grams of carbohydrates. Dietary fiber equals 7 grams for the entire meal. It has 227 milligrams of Cholesterol. The sodium content was a whopping 2,875 milligrams."

Sample of Sources Used:

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  • BBC. (2007). China food safety head executed. BBC News. 20 July 2007. Retrieved 28 November 2008 from
  • Chinese Nutrition Society. (n.d.). Dietary Pagoda. Retrieved 28 November 2008 from
  • Ge, K., Jia, J., & Lio, H. (2007). Food-Based Dietary Guidelines in China - Practices and Problems. Ann Nutr Metab . 51 (Suppl. 2):26-31 Retrieved 28 November 2008 from 03564&Ausgabe=233205&ProduktNr=223977
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