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Journal of Food and Nutrition Research. 2020, 8(7), 337-346
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A Critical Review of the Association between Nutrition and Health in Modern Chinese Diet

Shengwei Sun1, , Huajia Li2, Guo Liu3 and Jian Zhang4

1Key Laboratory of Food Processing and Quality Control, College of Food Science and Technology, Nanjing Agricultural University, Nanjing 210095, P.R. China

2Institute of Agro-Products Processing Science and Technology, Sichuan Academy of Agricultural Sciences, Chengdu 610066, China

3College of Food Science, South China Agricultural University, Guangzhou 510642, People’s Republic of China

4Key Laboratory of Meat Processing and Quality Control, Synergetic Innovation Center of Food Safety and Nutrition, College of Food Science and Technology, Nanjing Agricultural University, Nanjing 210095, P.R. China

Pub. Date: August 02, 2020

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Shengwei Sun, Huajia Li, Guo Liu and Jian Zhang. A Critical Review of the Association between Nutrition and Health in Modern Chinese Diet. Journal of Food and Nutrition Research. 2020; 8(7):337-346. doi: 10.12691/jfnr-8-7-5


Cardiovascular diseases (CVDs), obesity, diabetes, cancers and other chronic diseases are becoming main contributors to the global burden of disease, even as nutritional deficiencies are receding as leading contributors to mortality and disability. Diet is closely related to nutrition and health, which has been extensively investigated as risk factors for major chronic diseases. The past two decades have witnessed rapid changes in dietary pattern in China. However, a critical thinking of Chinese diet behind these changes is less emphasized. Given the causal relationship between nutrition and disease, lack of adequate nutrition and unhealthy diet habits might be responsible for the high incidence of chronic diseases in China in recent years. To this end, we will critically review some open problems in current diet compositions and the importance of regular mealtimes. The intake level of dietary supplements in China will also be discussed.

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