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functional food

a food purported or proven to have a beneficial health effect.
See also: designer food, phytochemicals, biochemopreventives, nutraceutical.

functional food

A natural or processed food that contains known biologically active compounds which, when in defined quantitative and qualitative amounts, provides a clinically proven health benefit, and thus is useful in preventing, managing and treating chronic diseases.

func·tion·al food

(fŭngk'shŭn-ăl fūd)
Foodstuff demonstrated to confer physiologic benefits, reduce the risk of chronic disease, or act as a nutrient.
Compare: nutraceutical

functional food

1. Food products with additives for which, following FDA approval, health claims can be made.
2. A food that has a defined health benefit for the person who consumes it.
See also: food
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FOSHU (food for specified health use) are foods and drinks that have received government permission to make approved health claims.
Just as in the case of the potential antifatigue FOSHU category, a metabolic syndrome FOSHU category would be open to herbs and botanicals, although again not exclusively.
It is generally agreed in Japan that the market for FOSHU products with gastrointestinal health claims is approaching saturation.
A health claim must be sustained Japan Food registered under FOSHU provide scientific evidence regulations including claim made Philippines Regulation on health claims similar to USA Singapore and Malaysia Foods products are not allowed to make any health claims Thailand Any clams made must be sustained
In the early days of the development of the FOSHU regulations in the late 1980s, it was planned to call this new category "functional foods".
In other words, foodstuffs are classified into three categories under the current system: FOSHU, FNFC and Food Products including "so-called health food.
Table 118: Sports Nutrition Market in Japan (2013): Percentage Share Breakdown of Retail Sales by Segment - Protein Powder, Protein Bars, Protein Ready to Drink, and Others (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-26 Regulatory Environment III-26 FOSHU (Foods for Specified Health Uses) III-26 Strategic Corporate Developments III-27 B.
The only obvious change, however, has been the reassignment of the FOSHU (Foods for Specified Health Use) approval process from the Ministry of Health, Labor, and Welfare to the Consumer Affairs Agency.
In response to the news reports, Fujicco has issued a statement that the comment made by the Food Safety Commission is intended for FOSHU (foods for specified health use) or supplements, not for general soybean foods.
In Japan, BB536-enhanced yogurt has been sold for more than 30 years and has attained FOSHU (Food for Specific Health Use) status from the Japanese Ministry of Health, Labour, and Welfare," said Dr.
John's Wort, and Other Herbal Supplements (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-55 Japan: A Mature Market for Nutricosmetics III-55 List of Nutricosmetic Products Available in Japan III-56 Competition III-56 Regulatory Overview III-56 FOSHU (Foods for Specified Health Uses) III-57 Tough Regulations Stall VMS Sales in Japan III-57 Product Launch III-58 Strategic Corporate Development III-58 Shiseido Co.