China’s 2016 version of the national dietary guidelines, published by China’s National Health and Family Planning Commission, for the first time includes suggestions on daily added sugar intake, which should be “no more than 50 grams”.

The target excludes natural sugars occurring in products such as fruit and vegetables.

Compared with the previous guidelines, which were published in 2007, the new version of the guidelines gives more details on healthy eating. For example, the 2007 version suggested between 300g and 500g of vegetables should be consumed daily by adult consumers, while the new version specifically suggests “deeply coloured vegetables” – essentially green vegetables – should account for at least 50% of an adult consumer’s daily vegetable intake.

The daily recommended amount of animal meat intake has been lowered. The guidance suggests 40g to 75g is consumed, compared with 50g to 75g suggested in 2007. The daily recommended fish and shellfish products intake has also gone down – from the previous 75g (in 2007) to the current 40g, while it says the minimum egg intake should be 40g, up from the previous 25g.

The new guidelines suggest drinking at least 1,500 millilitres (ml) of water a day, compared with 1,200ml in the 2007 version. Suggestions regarding the average daily consumption of dairy products remain the same at 300g.

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