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The Quest for Functional Foods

Foods with Function or Designed for Deceit?

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  • So to me, it's one day you can have this and the next day you can't. I believe in moderation and that is the key to everything. Not too much salt, additives, fat, low carb, carbs you just have to pick and choose your battle wisely. Blessings.
  • Thanks for sharing this info.
  • Thanks for the information!
  • I loved this article! In the age of the hyped up commercial and the infomercial it is too easy to believe what you hear/see. Thank you.
  • Great article. One has to be so well educated to navigate the claims made by the food industry. I tend to believe we can't fool mother nature, and I prefer to stick to whole foods that are not tampered with by the food industry.
  • I agree with everyone here. So often people fall for things they see on television or online. But this product and it will help lose weight without dieting or exercise. What about that Garcinia they keep talking about it or other products I seen promoted by Dr. Oz and others? They all claim to help you lose weight without doing anything. And people actually fall for it because so called celebrities used it. How much of that is true and did they do any research or tests on it/
    It seems everyone wants to be thin but they do not want to change how they eat or live. I would eat all organic except I am on a very strict food allowance and cannot afford it now.
  • I don't understand this sentence:

    "The functional ingredients of this 12-ounce beverage include: 90 milligrams of green tea extract (known as epigallocatechin gallate or EGCG for short), 100 milligrams of caffeine, 20% of the daily value for calcium."

    Is this a run-on sentence that should have the word "and" inserted before "20% of the daily value for calcium" or is it making some kind of connection between caffeine and calcium intake? Confusing!
  • Live-saving vaccines and pharmaceuticals are synthetic to some extent, while disease-causing microbes abound in nature. Natural is not synonymous with "healthful" and synthetic is not synonymous with "unhealthful."
  • I tried Activia yogurt just out of curiosity, and it made me feel nauseated.
  • Trust, but verify.Thank you, Ms. Hand. I'd heard people talk about functional nutrition but I didn't know what that was.
  • Is Cocoa Vita powdered cocoa actually better(healthier) than other cocoas?
    Thanks, chris
  • Wouldn't it be nice if truth was the merchandising theme instead of hype? Many think a "little white lie" can keep them ,out of trouble or more competitive. Trust is a word I treasure. Thank you for this revealing article, Becky.
  • Natural is always best. I feel the same way with hybrid fruits and vegetables. When man starts tampering with what GOD intended, it becomes questionable.
  • This looks like some kind of brand war. And the "goal" is to catch eaters in the middle. No wonder Americans obsess over food, but still eat the wrong things.
  • I think that advertisers are extremely adept at finding the 'right' information to add weight to their product claims. We as consumers should be very wary of any product that has been modified too much. My personal belief is that if it has been laboritory processed in any way, then it is less healthy for us. I always try to keep processing as my number one guide to food choices. I can't in any way believe that any ingredient would make a coke drink or any other fizzy drink for that matter - more healthy or "functional". Come on people!! we just want it to be more "functional" because we like the taste!!

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