A functional food is a typical food that has specific nutrients added to it, like vitamins or minerals, fiber, or probiotics or prebiotics. In general, this includes anything added for a specific functional purpose.
A functional food can have both naturally occurring ingredients that are then boosted or they can have nutrients that aren’t naturally found in them. For example, orange juice has potassium and food scientists can boost this to make it more of a functional food. Functional foods can help fulfill nutritional deficiencies; if you’re not getting enough of a nutrient, you can consume a functional food to fulfill that need. Functional Foods offer grea potential to improve health and help prevent certain diseases when taken as part of balanced diet and healthy lifestyle .
Date: May 21, 2019