Author(s): Schwager J, Mohajeri MH, Fowler A, Weber P
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Abstract Nutritional interventions are associated with transient deviations of homeostasis within the human body. The role of a balanced nutrition is, firstly, to ensure an adequate intake of nutrients to efficiently enable all metabolic processes and, secondly, to contribute to sustained human health. This is a new challenge for the food industry because consumers demand taste and convenience in addition to healthy food. The attempts of the food industry to omit health-adverse compounds, and incorporate constituents with identified beneficial health effects has coined the term 'functional food', encompassing fresh or processed food with health-promoting and/or disease-preventing properties. The active ingredients of these products are known as 'nutraceuticals'. This paper outlines scientific concepts applied to the identification of novel bioactive food ingredients.
This article was published in Curr Opin Biotechnol
and referenced in Journal of Nutrition & Food Sciences