Functional foods and how they relate to nutraceuticals.
Nutraceuticals and functional foods are closely related, as both are food-based products that have health-promoting properties beyond their basic nutritional value. Nutraceuticals are food-derived substances that have health benefits and can include vitamins, minerals, herbs, amino acids, and other food-based ingredients. They can be found in a variety of forms, such as tablets, capsules, powders, and can be added to food products.
Functional foods, on the other hand, are foods that have been specifically formulated or modified to provide additional health benefits beyond their basic nutritional value. These foods are typically enriched with nutraceuticals, such as vitamins, minerals, probiotics, or other functional ingredients. Examples of functional foods include fortified breakfast cereals, yogurt with added probiotics, and orange juice with added calcium.
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Both nutraceuticals and functional foods are intended to provide additional health benefits beyond those provided by a traditional diet, but functional foods provide these benefits through regular diet. The key difference between these two is that nutraceuticals are usually taken as a supplement while functional foods are consumed as part of regular diet.
Note that excessive intake of supplements can be dangerous!
It is important to note that both nutraceuticals and functional foods are subject to food safety regulations and should be validated for safety, efficacy, and quality before being marketed.