Functional Nutrition Definition [What is Functional Food]

Functional Nutrition is nutrition-based care that is focused on building health by restoring proper physiological functioning of the body. When you have multiple symptoms they are clues to the ways in which your body is not functioning the way it should be.

Functional Nutrition

What is a Functional Food?
The present community is beginning to realize that the food does not only function as appetite, or abdominal fullness, the community is now starting to assess the nutritional aspects of food, and his physiological needs for nutrients needed by the body. This shows that there is a great potential in developing functional food to improve the health of the community. The selection of functional food as a daily consumption is the right choice for maintaining health status. Until the end, we came upon a question, "in fact, what is a functional food?"

The term functional food was first used in 1980 in Japan with the term Foods for Spesified of Health Use (FOSHU). Indonesia, in the year 2005 has been designated head of Fda Regulation number: HK. Staple Food Surveillance Provision of functional. On the regulation mentioned about the definition of functional food, i.e. food preparations containing one or more components of a functional (Bioactive compounds), which is based on scientific studies, i.e. proof of clinical trials, really have physiological function that proved beneficial for health, as well as socially.

Functional food is a food that can be served, and consumed daily as a menu/diet that meets quality standards, security requirements, standards requirements, and have the same sensory characteristics of food in General, like an apparition, include color, texture, size, consistency, as well as the taste acceptable consumer (Acceptable).

Ingredient of functional food is a form of bioaktif compounds that have specific physiological functions for health, generic ingredient like include vitamins, minerals, and fiber, as well as food ingredient such as phytosterols, kolin, and isoflavones.

For health claims permitted on functional food products, including nutrient content claims, nutrition and function claims are claims against health benefits. Examples of nutrient content claims that are permitted are "vitamin enriched", "food" fibers, "high calcium". Examples of nutrient function claim allowed is "Calcium plays a role in bone formation, and increase the density of bones and teeth". 

Examples of claims against health benefits is a "regular physical exercise, and a healthy diet accompanied by sufficient calcium consumption, can reduce the risk of bone fragility.". In making health claims on functional food products, often used the term "To help" maintain, "To", "To improve", "Is good for", and wherever possible avoid the term "To prevent," To cure "," To treat "," To diagnose ".

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