Posted November 04, 2018 09:25:56 China’s cuisine is among the best in the world and it’s also a great source of vitamins and minerals, according to a new study.
Key points:The Chinese eat more than any other country in the region but are not particularly high in Vitamin A, vitamin C and potassiumThe study, conducted by the University of Melbourne, found that the average Chinese consumes about 3.6 teaspoons of vitamin A, about 10 times the amount found in the average American.
“It’s a great resource, it’s a good source of nutrition and it has been an absolute success in terms of increasing consumption,” Dr Jie Li, from the Department of Epidemiology at the University, told ABC News.
“There are also other things that the Chinese eat, such as beef, pork and poultry, that are quite high in nutrients and vitamins, but they are also quite expensive.”
Dr Li said the Chinese diet was rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which are found in salmon, shellfish and other seafoods.
“This is not something that’s typically associated with people in Australia, but we do find it in the Chinese food,” he said.
“The average Chinese eats about 3 grams of omega-6 per day, which is about half of what the average Westerner gets.”
Dr Jie said the researchers also found a correlation between consumption of chinese cuisine and an increased risk of type 2 diabetes, heart disease and stroke.
“We found that people who eat a lot of china food tend to have higher levels of inflammation, which can cause type 2 Diabetes,” he explained.
“So, we are concerned about these associations between eating china and type 2 Diabetic disease in China.”
Dr Zhaodong Liu, who is the lead author of the study, said the findings were important.
“A lot of our concerns about the link between china consumption and type 1 diabetes have been based on the notion that we eat less of chia, but the fact is we’re actually eating about the same amount of chi as a Westerner,” she said.
Dr Li, who also works at the Department in the University’s Department of Nutrition and Health Sciences, said it was not uncommon for Chinese to eat more foods with high levels of omega oils.
“Our previous study, we found that for instance, there is a higher intake of red meat, a higher consumption of soybean and a higher amount of fatty fish in the diet,” he told ABC news.
“But in our previous study we found a higher dietary intake of olive oil and a high consumption of salmon.”
The study found that chinese people were also a good fit for a vegetarian diet.
“If we look at the diet of people from the United States, for instance the Chinese people who are a little bit more affluent, we find that they have higher intake levels of antioxidants and they tend to be a good diet for people who have a vegetarian lifestyle,” he added.
The research was published in the American Journal of Epidemiological Society.