Functional food: Functional foods are "those foods that encompass potentially healthful products including any modified food or ingredient that may provide a health benefit beyond the traditional nutrients it contains," as defined by the Institute of Medicine. Functional foods can include foods like cereals, breads and beverages which are fortified with vitamins, herbs and nutraceuticals.
The healing power of foods is a popular concept that focuses on how "super foods" can have health protecting properties. Medicinal foods or "nutritionally high powered foods" have been part and parcel of the natural products industry for a long time and, through emerging scientific research and particularly through growing public interest, they have reached the mainstream.
Foods eaten for specified health purposes, because of their (rich) content of one or more nutrients or non-nutrient substances which may confer health benefits.
In fact, Americans are much more aware of the health benefits of specific "functional" foods than they were a decade ago, reports a survey released today.
What exactly are functional foods and do they deliver on their health claims?
Weekly Health Tip: Functional Foods â€“ How Do You Separate the Hype from the Health? August 1st, 2011. 2
Functional Foods List. Functional foods are foods and food components that provide health benefits beyond basic nutrition.