Functional Foods

on Tuesday, 14 April 2015.

Get more from your diet

For those of us with active lifestyles (by reading this Blog Superfast Energy Gum followers, that means YOU!) and who take more than a passing interest in what we eat to help us fulfil those lives, ‘Functional Foods’ is a term being heard more and more these days and which we feel merits an explanation to help you cut through the mystique!

This term was first used in Japan in the 1980s where there is a government approval process for functional foods called Foods for Specified Health Use (FOSHU).

Here comes the ‘official’ definition:  "Functional Food is a Natural or processed food that contains known biologically-active compounds which, when in defined quantitative and qualitative amounts, provides a clinically proven and documented health benefit, and thus, an important source in the prevention, management and treatment of chronic diseases of the modern age". This mouthful was coined in March 2011 at the 9th International Conference on "Functional Foods and Chronic Diseases: Science and Practice" at the University of Nevada.

Or, to put it simply; Food that has an added health benefit over and above its basic nutritional value.

Examples of Functional Foods are Probiotic Yoghurts, Margarine with plant extracts, Orange juice with added fibre and eggs with added Omega-3.

Why do we need functional foods?

Consumer interest in the relationship between diet and health has increased substantially in Europe. There is much greater recognition today that people can help themselves and their families reduce the risk of illness and disease and maintain their state of health and well-being through an active lifestyle and a healthy diet.

Interestingly, Superfast Energy Gum™ can be defined as “a Functional Food, without the food!”

More on this to follow next week. Enjoy your #Chewsday and keep your comments coming @superfastgum

 

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