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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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Natural Functional Food Market is projected to grow at CAGR of 5.6% as it is backed up by the growing demand for functional food and increasing varieties of natural functional food products.
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He said functional foods were regulated in Punjab without any law but the PFA started work on it, especially after the verdict of the Lahore High Court.
Falling short of dominant brands, the players are primarily from the functional food and pharmaceutical industries.
Let us now switch our attention to Finland and Sweden, where a liberal government approach in the late '80s and early '90s stimulated the development of the nascent functional foods industry.
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The Oslo-based organisation has grant-supported more than 12 different Nordic functional food development projects since 2006.
Q: Is there any evidence to show that the rise in functional food consumption has reduced the occurrence of certain diseases?
The trend toward more functional food and consumers embracing natural and organic products has led IRI to project that sales of functional food and beverages will reach $60 billion by 2009, a 67% increase over the 2006 level.
The second patentability hurdle that may confront a functional food similar to the Authentique d'Orleans is that any patent rights granted in the invention will be unable to claim the plant as a whole entity.
We used data for grocery purchases made by 7,195 households in 603 food product categories and household demographic data from an AC Nielsen Homescan Data set from 1999 to examine the functional food purchases of consumer households in order to gain insight into some of their buying characteristics.
Datamonitor's research revealed marketing emphasis and availability have influenced the success of functional foods, beverages and supplements more than consumer demographics.

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