Functional foods cover a variety of foods. Proponents of functional foods say they promote optimal health and help reduce the risk of disease. Minimally processed, whole foods along with fortified, enriched or enhanced foods, can all be functional foods.
Several factors are responsible for the fact that this is one of the most active areas of research in the nutrition sciences today: 1) an emphasis in nutritional and medical research on associations between diet and dietary constituents and health benefits, 2) a favorable regulatory environment, 3) the consumer self-care phenomenon, and 4) rapid growth in the market for health and wellness products.
What benefits we could achieve?
- enhancement of biological defense mechanisms
- prevention of specific diseases
- recovery from specific diseases
- control of physical and mental disorders
- slowing of the aging process.
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