Functional foods are foods that have a potentially positive effect on health beyond basic nutrition. Of course, all foods are functional because they provide varying amounts of nutrients and energy to sustain growth or support vital processes. However, functional foods are generally considered to offer additional benefits that may reduce the risk of disease or promote optimal health.– Jennifer R Nelson, R.D., L.D.
It seems like every week a new “super food” is being promoted. These “super foods” are also referred to as functional foods. They have been around for years and you probably have been eating them for years. So what do they actually do for you? I put together a small list to help. For the complete list, please visit my website! You can download a copy and share it with your friends and family.
Antioxidants: Carrots, Flaxseed, Honey
Gastrointestinal: Bananas, Honey, Yogurt
Improves Heart Health: Garlic, Berries, Oat Products
Bone Health: Cheese, Milk, Soy nuts
Can Reduce Cancer Risk: Apples, Citrus Fruit, Corn products
Get active with your nutrition! You can start by incorporating some of these foods into your diet on a daily basis!