Introduction to functional foods and nutraceuticals

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The term nutraceutical is a hybrid or contraction of nutrition and pharmaceutical.

Nutraceutical is a product produced from foods but sold in powders, pills, and other medicinal forms not generally associated with food and demonstrated to have physiological benefits or provide protection against chronic disease.

Functional food can be a natural food, a food to which a health-promoting component has been addedor from which a component for specific health reasons has been removed, a food in which a component has been modified by technological or chemical means to provide a specific health benefit, or a food in which the bioavailability of a component has been modified, or a combination of any of them.

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