Functional Foods Are They Building Better Health?


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Functional foods are foods that are fortified with minerals and nutrients to help people eat a well-balanced diet. A good example of what a functional food is milk. Milk is fortified with vitamin D. Do we need vitamin D in milk? Historically, we did as vitamin D is a preventative of Rickets disease, which is exactly why it is added to milk. Other functional foods exist and we consume them every day. Those include iodized salt, flours fortified with B vitamins. T

he big question is do we need functional foods? The answer is MAYBE. Here's why.

Is your diet balanced?

A well-balanced diet is more complicated than just eating from the basic food groups. What you choose to eat is critical for your health. This goes beyond eating spinach every day. It goes beyond eating an apple a day. A well-balanced diet is about food choice rotations within each food group. For example, we mentioned spinach. So rather than eating spinach every day, mix it up by adding kale, chard, collard greens, lettuce, and other leafy green veggies. The nutritional value in each of those leafy greens is similar, but not identical.

By mixing up foods within your food groups you gain access to more vitamins, more minerals, and more enzymes. Doing this with all four food groups gives you a well-balanced diet. If that is your diet then you may not need functional foods. If that is not your diet, then functional foods play a role in keeping you healthy.

If you would like to learn more about how to balance your diet, or how to live without functional foods, then visit the Metabolic Research Center where you will find a supportive environment that caters to healthy food choices, weight loss, and boosting health. More specifically, the Metabolic Research Center offers healthy menus, counseling about food and diet, and a ton of resources that help you gain health, lose weight and find more energy.

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