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How do foods commonly eaten by Chinese communities fit into the four food groups of Canada's Food Guide?

Vegetables & Fruit

Leafy vegetables
e.g. Leafy greens, Mustard greens
Fresh, frozen, cooked or canned


e.g. Banana, Cucumber, Sweet potato, Yam


e.g. Pear apple, Carrot, Mango, Orange, Papaya

Small-sized or cut-up

e.g. Bamboo shoots, Bean sprouts, Celery, Chayote, Chinese cabbage (bok choy, Napa cabbage, choy sum), Chinese okra (luffa), Chives, Dates, Durian, Eggplant, Gai lan (Chinese broccoli), Ginger, Green beans (yard long), Green pepper, Guava, Jicama, Longan, Loquat, Lychees, Melons (bitter, fuzzy, winter), Mung bean sprouts, Mushrooms,Pea pods, Persimmon, Plum, Pomelo, Snow peas, Soybean sprouts, Star fruit, Summer squash, Tangerine, Tomato, Water chestnuts, Watercress
e.g. Carrots, Daikon (Chinese radish), Leeks, Lotus root, Onions, Radish, Taro

Grain Products

Buns (plain or with meat and/or vegetable stuffing)
Bread, refined
e.g. Millet, Oats, Rice
Wheat flour, Wonton
Dumpling wrappers
Pasta, Noodles
Noodles (chow mein, mung bean starch, rice, wheat)
Sweet buns

Milk & Alternatives

Milk (often flavoured)
Fortified soy beverage

Meat & Alternatives

Dried beans
e.g. Fava beans, Mung beans, Red beans, Soybeans
Dried peas
e.g. Black eyed peas, Split peas
Fish—fresh, frozen, canned or dried
Seafood—fresh, frozen, canned or dried
e.g. Clams, Crab, Mussels, Prawns, Scallops, Shrimp, Squid
e.g. Chicken, Duck
e.g. Beef, Lamb, Mutton, Pork, Pork sausage
Organ meats
e.g. Kidney, Liver, Pig feet, Tripe
Soy beverage—unfortified
e.g. Almonds, Cashews, Chestnuts, Peanuts, Walnuts
Sesame seeds

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