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6/7/12 1:41 P

Thank you for the information...I had never heard of that before! emoticon

KFWOHLFORD SparkPoints: (3,013)
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6/7/12 1:35 P

I'd rather eat foods that naturally contain the nutrient than eat foods with the nutrient supplemented. It's more likely to absorb properly.

6/7/12 1:32 P

Also remember many polls are "push polls" that ask you intentionally loaded questions - like questions about foods with terms that are dubious or recent or made up. You get all interested and go google to some website and buy something.

I'm not saying this was or was not one, i'm just saying 'wanna take a poll" are actually often used to get people to buy things.

read teh whole article and yeah, "functional foods" is a marketing term to make you think the food you are eating is more healthy. It's not regulated much if at all, so it can be anything the company wants to claim as beneficial beyond the food itself.

Edited by: CHOCOLATIER_T at: 6/7/2012 (13:34)
6/7/12 1:31 P

The mayo article would suggest that "functional foods" are supplemented, as teh only examples they gave are things like speads with added omegas, rather than fish with the omegas already there.

In which case, i'm a bit dubious.

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6/7/12 1:23 P

According to the Mayo Clinic:

"Functional foods are foods that have a potentially positive effect on health. Of course, all foods are functional in the sense that they have nutrients or other substances that provide energy, 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. Examples of so-called functional foods include calcium-fortified orange juice and spreads with omega-3 added."

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6/7/12 1:12 P

I have no clue what "functional foods" are. Sounds like a buzzword.

Edited by: KFWOHLFORD at: 6/7/2012 (13:12)
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6/7/12 11:09 A

I took a poll today that asked "What do you think of functional foods?" I answered "I don't know what they are or how they work" - and was AMAZED to see that 76% of the respondents said the same thing! (And I'll bet some of the others just guessed at the healthy choice because it sounded logical...) I think this would be a great topic for an article, a blog, or something sent out in the e-mails so more of us would see it. If I were to purely guess, I would thing functional foods help your body do something internally that other foods don't - or they create good combinations when eaten with other foods, or something. But I don't KNOW. And I want to learn.

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