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.

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functional food n NUTRACEUTICAL

Medical dictionary. 2011.

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  • Functional Food — (auch Nutraceutical von nutrition = Ernährung und pharmaceutical= Pharmazeutikum), auf deutsch funktionelle Lebensmittel, sind Nahrungsmittel, die mit zusätzlichen Inhaltsstoffen angereichert sind und mit positivem Effekt auf die Gesundheit… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • functional food — functional .food n [U and C] food that is designed to improve health and lower the risk of disease, for example by increasing the amount of ↑vitamins in it, or removing some of the ↑fat = ↑nutraceuticals …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • Functional Food — Func|tio|nal Food 〈[ fʌ̣ŋkʃənəl fu:d] n.; od. s; unz.〉 Nahrungsmittel, das mit Vitaminen, Mineralien od. anderen Zusatzstoffen angereichert wird u. eine gesundheitsfördernde Wirkung ausüben soll [<engl. functional „funktionell“ + food „Essen“] …   Universal-Lexikon

  • functional food — funkcionalusis maistas statusas Aprobuotas sritis maistas apibrėžtis Maistas, į kurį gamybos metu yra įdedama funkcionaliųjų maisto dalių arba iš kurio išimamos tam tikros medžiagos, taip suteikiant maistui kryptingą teigiamą fiziologinį poveikį… …   Lithuanian dictionary (lietuvių žodynas)

  • functional food — n. A food product that has been enhanced with vitamins or pharmaceuticals to provide specific health benefits. Example Citation: Other functional food products include higher calcium yogurt, calcium added ice cream, anti oxidant enriched eggs,… …   New words

  • Functional Food — Func|tio|nal Food [ fʌnkʃənəl fu:d] das; [s] <aus gleichbed. engl. functional food, eigtl. »funktionelle Lebensmittel«> Lebensmittel mit gesundheitsfördernden Zusatzstoffen …   Das große Fremdwörterbuch

  • functional food — /ˈfʌŋkʃənəl fud/ (say fungkshuhnuhl foohd) noun a food containing a component which offers some specific health benefit beyond the provision of simple nutrients. Also, function food …   Australian English dictionary

  • functional food — noun Any fresh or processed food claimed to have a health promoting and/or disease preventing property beyond the basic function of supplying nutrients …   Wiktionary

  • functional food — noun a food containing health giving additives …   English new terms dictionary

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