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Functional Foods

"Accuse not Nature! She has done her part; Do Thou but Thine!" Milton, Paradise Lost 1667 The concept that nature imparted to foods a health-giving and curative function is not new. Herbal teas and remedies have been used for centuries and continue in use in many parts of the world today. In modern society, we have turned to drugs to treat, miti- gate, or prevent diseases. However, since the discovery of nutrients and our increasing analytical capabilities at the molecular level, we are beginning to become more knowledgeable of the biochemical structure-function relationship of the myriad of chemicals that occur naturally in foods and their effect on the human body. The holistic approach to medicine and diet that began in the 1970s has now seen a renewal as we realize that certain foods, because of the presence of specific biochemicals, can have a positive impact on an individual's health, physical well-being, and mental state. In fact, because of the negative image of drugs, and the grey area of s- xi Foreword xii plements, the use of foods that are "functional" is becoming a growth area for the food industry. In Japan this concept has led to one of the largest growing markets, where they have defined "functional foods" as regular foods derived only from naturally occurring in- gredients. The Japanese further require that the functional foods be consumed as part of the diet and not in supplement form (i. e.
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Foreword: Theodore P. Labuza.- Preface: Israel Goldberg.- Contributors.- I. Introduction.- Chapter1. Introduction.- II. Health Attributes of Functional Foods.- Chapter2. Reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease.- Chapter3. Reducing the risk of cancer.- Chapter4. Functional foods in the control of obesity.- Chapter5. Nutrient control of immune function.- Chapter6. Dietary factors modulating the rate of aging.- Chapter7. Mood and performance foods.- Chapter8. Medical foods.- III. Health Functionality of Food Components.- Chapter9. Dietary fiber.- Chapter10. Special physiological functions of newly developed oligosaccharides.- Chapter11. Sugar alcohols.- Chapter12. Amino acids, peptides and proteins.- Chapter13. Vitamins for optimal health.- Chapter14. Lactic acid bacteria as promoters of human health.- Chapter15. Nutrition of macrominerals and trace elements.- Chapter16. Fatty acids.- Chapter17. Phytochemicals and antioxidants.- IV. Market and Competition.- Chapter18. Functional foods in Japan.- Chapter19. The development of the functional food business in the United States and Europe.- Chapter20. The potential role of functional foods in medicine and public health.- Chapter21. The role of marketing communication in the introduction of functional foods to the consumer.- Chapter22. The food industry's role in functional foods.- V. Consumer's Viewpoint.- Chapter23. Consumers' view on functional foods.- VI. Future Prospects.- Chapter24. Future prospects for functional foods.

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