Volume 19 Part 1 Article 134: The Diet Composed of One Portion of Meat, Vegetable and Mushroom Respectively Contributes to a Healthy and Stable Food Structure for Human Being

Volume 19 Part 1 Article 134
Year 2016
Title: The Diet Composed of One Portion of Meat, Vegetable and Mushroom Respectively
Contributes to a Healthy and Stable Food Structure for Human Being
Author: Han Shenghua

Abstract:
The humankind has been living mainly on animal and plant foods since its birth over 3 million years ago. Animal food contains rich proteins, fat, carbohydrates, minerals and vitamins essential for human bodies and provides sufficient energy to maintain their internal and external activities, adequate proteins for growth, development, tissue repair and regeneration and maintenance of normal physiological functions. Vitamins, celluloses and inorganic salts contained in plant food participate in building-up the tissues and adjusting the physiological functions to keep the normal body development and increase its resistance. An adequate amount of food fibres are used to maintain the normal excretion, prevent some kind of intestinal diseases and provide ample water for the normal physiological processes.

All human beings long for strengthening their vitality and extending their life span. The overall life span and living quality has witnessed a great improvement since the global attention to mushroom development in the 1980s. In human practices in the past more than four decades, mushroom production and resultant food, healthy products and medicines made the humankind realize its dream for longevity. Scientists have realized that as a new protein source other than animal and plant, mushroom has made an important contribution to the human being.

I proposed the dietary concept composed of one portion of meat, vegetable and mushroom respectively in 1995. Since then, this concept has been promoted under the name of FAO, UNSCO and WHO, though in fact it was not initiated by them. It was presented in various media and was widely spread among ordinary people, which shows that the actual functions of edible mushrooms are significant and the dietary structure composed of meat, vegetable and mushroom is reasonable, and thus has been widely recognized worldwide.

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