Maximizing the Health Benefits of Functional Foods in Daily Life
Updated: Jan 28
Functional Foods that provide other health benefits apart from their Nutritional benefits. Senior Nutritionist Khushbu Shah sharing more insights on the importance of functional foods.
The functional food concept was developed in Japan in the early 1980s and as Food For Specific Health Use (FOSHU) was established in 1991.
Functional foods encompass a wide range of options, including whole foods and foods that have been fortified, enriched, or enhanced. These foods are believed to have a positive impact on health when consumed regularly and in appropriate amounts.
List of some healthful and natural functional foods.
Oats: Beta Glucan and Phytochemical Called as Saponins present in it helps in the reduction of Total Cholesterol and LDL Cholesterol and helps in Lowering Blood Pressure.
Fatty Fish: Omega 3 Fatty acids present in Fatty fish helps in the Reduction of Coronary Heart Diseases and Reduces Triglycerides.
Fortified Margarine: Plant Sterol and Stanol Esters present in it helps in reducing the cholesterol and LDL levels.
Soy: Phytochemical's such as Isoflavones, Genistein, and Soy protein helps in lowering the cholesterol level, and Blood pressure and reduction in the Risk of cancers.
Tomatoes: Lycopene in it helps in reducing the risk of Cancer and Heart Disease.
Probiotics: The Good bacteria present in it helps to promote Gastrointestinal Health.
Nuts: MUFA (Mono Unsaturated Fatty Acids) in Nuts helps in keeping the Heart Healthy by reducing the risk of Heart disease.
Green Leafy Vegetables: Phytochemicals in it helps in reduction of risk of Cancer and provide protection to the Heart. It also helps in enhancing the Immunity.
Beans: Saponins in Beans helps in the reduction of Cholesterol and Blood Glucose levels. It also helps the body to protect against Cancer.
Author: Khushbu Shah (Post Graduate in Clinical Nutrition) - KS Nutrition, Mumbai
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