Functional foods are ingredients that offer health benefits beyond just basic nutrition. Functional foods have potentially positive effects on your health. If you, and the ones you love, want to achieve optimal health and reduce the risk of disease then try slowly including functional foods into your regular diet. This concept originated in Japan in the 1980s when government agencies started approving foods with proven benefits in an effort to improve the health of the general population. You can also do this by supplementing your meals with healthy nutrition supplements to bridge the gaps in nutrition between the food you eat and what your body needs.
Popular functional foods
Functional foods generally fall into two categories; conventional and modified. Some conventional functional foods are fruits like oranges and bananas, and vegetables like broccoli and spinach. Then there are nuts, seeds and whole grains. Don’t forget herbs and spice, and all things nice, like turmeric and ginger. Some fermented foods are also functional, like kimchi. Some modified functional foods include fortified juices and fortified dairy products, such as almond, rice, coconut, and cashew milk, and fortified grains, like bread and pasta. Eat them all washed down with some green tea, and your healthy nutrition supplements and you, and the ones you love, are on your way to aging gracefully.
A great example of a conventional functional food is oatmeal because it contains soluble fibre that can help lower cholesterol levels. We have all seen cartons of fruit juice in the supermarket that have been fortified with calcium, and other vitamins and minerals, for bone health. Since the introduction of fortified foods, the prevalence of nutrient deficiencies has significantly decreased around the globe. After iron-fortified wheat flour was introduced in Jordan, rates of iron deficiency anemia among children almost halved. Fortification has also been used to prevent other conditions caused by nutrient deficiencies, including rickets, goiter, and birth defects. Functional foods provide important nutrients that can help protect against disease because they are rich in antioxidants that help prevent heart disease, cancer, and diabetes.
Functional meal replacement
To help you bridge your nutrition gaps with affordable nutrition supplements Uno Nutrition now offers TruFuel, a nutritious drink that can be used as a meal replacement or supplement. Combining protein with HMB helps to build and repair body tissues which are essential for growth and development and provide amino acids necessary for synthesising protein in your body. TruFuel is also high in calcium and magnesium which assists calcium absorption and retention for strong bones and teeth. TruFuel is easy to consume and is formulated with prebiotics FOS to ease your digestion.
Try more mindful eating and functional foods combined with Uno Nutrition’s TruFuel for health benefits beyond basic nutrition that will help you, and the ones you love, to age gracefully.