Guansheng Ma


Dr. Guansheng Ma is the head of the Department of Nutrition and Food Hygiene, School of Public Health, Peking University. His scientific interests are in the areas of food and nutrition policy, nutrition and health, and control and prevention of diet-related NCDs, particularly childhood obesity control and prevention.

Dr. Ma worked for United Nations Office for Humanitarian Co-ordination in Iraq in 1998. He worked in the Department of Food Safety and Zoonose, WHO between 2009 and 2010.

Dr. Ma is actively publishing and has published 83 articles in the international peer-reviewed journals, and 220 articles in Chinese scientific journals.



Benefits of Dairy for Health, According to Asian Dietary Guidelines

Guansheng Ma, Department of Nutrition and Food Hygiene, School of Public Health, Peking University, Beijing China

Dairy products are an important source of calcium, high quality protein, and riboflavin. The findings of studies have found the benefit effect of regularly consumption of dairy products on bone health, physical development among both children, and obesity or non-communicable disease control and prevention. It is believed that one of the important contributing factors in improving the nutrition status of people in Asia, especially for children.

In Asia, during the period of 1980-2013, the production of milk increased by 4.5% yearly, which much faster than that of global average increase by 1.5%. In 2013, the milk production in Asian and Pacific regions reached 0.29 billion tons, accounting for 38% of the total global production. Asia have become the largest milk production region replacing Europe.

According to the data of FAO, the consumption of dairy products varied from 50 Kg in Africa to 270 Kg per capita/year in Europe. Although Asia is the largest dairy consumption regions, account for 43%, the average dairy consumption is only 78 Kg per capita/year.

The Dietary guidelines is the nutrition recommendations to help people make healthy food choices and serve as the foundation for vital nutrition policies and programs. Many countries have developed their dietary guidelines in order to improve the nutrition and health of people.

Based on the evidence of the benefits of dairy consumption, dairy products are recommended as part of regular diet in the dietary guidelines in Asia, including in Singapore, Japan, Koreas, Thailand, Malaysia, Bangladesh, India and China, etc. Generally, compared with the amounts of dairy intake in American and European countries (>500 mL or mg), the amounts of dairy recommended in Asian countries are less, ranged from 200 mL (g) to 300 mL (g).

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