From year to year we are becoming more and more aware consumers. We know that proper nutrition has a key impact on our health and well-being. When we lack time or ideas to prepare good, balanced meals, functional foods can help. Do you know what is behind this term?
What is functional food?
It is a food that has a beneficial effect on one (or more) functions beyond the food effect itself. This category includes conventional foods, i.e. foods that we eat every day and which are part of our diet (but these are not tablets, capsules or dragées). Functional food must have scientifically proven beneficial effects on our health, and should also contain ingredients with a bioactive effect.
Briefly about history
The idea of functional food was initiated in Japan in the mid-1980s. This country was the first in the world to introduce legal regulations and defined this type of products as food with a specific health purpose . Interestingly, in Japan, the difference between drugs and food is very blurred. The market for this type of product is extremely rich, and you can even say that it has become a kind of alternative to traditional medicine.
Benefits of consuming functional foods
People who eat functional food not only serve themselves a healthy meal during the day, but also support the functioning of the body by supplementing the diet with products that:
- prevent nutrient deficiencies;
- can protect against certain diseases;
- help in weight loss (especially products with reduced fat and sugar content)
- improve the functioning of the digestive tract (products rich in dietary fiber).
Functional food from ActivLab
Activlab's offer includes high-protein products with reduced sugar content, low fat and high in fiber. Functional food from Activlab is addressed to people actively practicing sports, for whom "meals for busy people" are a great option to supplement their daily menu. Isotonic drinks, energy drinks, protein bars, breakfasts and even desserts - all offers can be found on the following website: https://www.activlab.eu/en_US/c/Functional-food/53
Enjoy your meal!