As our knowledge of nutrition and food science has expanded, so too has interest in the role of foods in disease prevention and treatment. There is growing recognition that foods, or components of foods, can offer benefits that extend well beyond meeting basic metabolic requirements, offering the opportunity to maximize health, and reduce the risk for chronic conditions such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and cancer. Consumers have latched on to this emerging body of knowledge and current estimates suggest that consumer interest in functional foods and nutraceuticals will remain high into the near future. This edition of Current Issues will help dietitians understand functional foods and nutraceuticals so as to better translate this knowledge for the consumer.
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