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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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Considering the novelty and underdevelopment of the functional food industry in Romania, in order to investigate and align experts' views, it was implemented a three rounds Delphi survey--a consecrated explorative research tool, usually used to gain consensus among a heterogeneous experts panel in an emerging scientific domain.
With the Advertising Standards Agency (ASA) banning a Danone advertisement for making claims that don't stand up, it would seem that functional foods are being criticized yet again.
This slowdown in functional foods may be in part the result of a general shift towards more natural health through what have been loosely termed superfoods.
Analyses further highlighted the importance of income to healthy functional food purchases.
Table 1 lists some of the nutrients and food ingredients that have a scientific basis for functional food development and highlights those that have been approved for health claim labelling in the US.
Functional food and NHPs may not be accounted for since they overlap into the food processing or pharmaceutical industries.
A lot of money will be made in the functional foods business," Fore says.
As for the future it is expected that all these findings and the addition of increased spending on TV and targeted print campaigns will naturally give functional foods more visibility.
There are various types of functional foods and beverages available to cater to a diverse range of age groups and health issues.
A functional food is things such as berries and Actimel, Yakult and Activia yoghurts.
Functional food ingredients are those that are able to provide a certain distinctive performance benefit to a particular food product.

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