IMPORTANCE OF FUNCTIONAL FOODS IN DAY TO DAY LIFE
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 cover a variety of foods, including whole foods along with fortified, enriched, or enhanced foods. Generally, they have a potentially beneficial effect on health when consumed on a regular basis at certain levels.
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: Phytochemicals 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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