Functional foods are those that perform metabolic or physiological functions in the body acting in growth, development, nutrition, protection, among others. The role of protecting the body against chronic-degenerative diseases, besides problems such as cellulite, acnes, premature aging and others, is applied to functional foods.
Some people confuse the term functional food protection, but it is important to know that foods act in a way that strengthens the body and reduces the chances of disease development, ie, if any illness arises, functional foods will only act to strengthen the body and not to heal it.
In order to use functional foods in the daily diet and also to count on the benefits they promote, one must pay attention to the amount to be ingested of the functional components, because in small quantities they will not really bring the benefits that would possibly bring if ingested in an appropriate way.
They are functional foods: soy, wheat, rice, corn, tomato, garlic, olive oil, green tea, red grape, Brazil nuts, fish, sesame, linseed, lactobacilli, honey and others. Prebiotic, probiotic and symbiotic foods that benefit bowel functioning are considered functional.
Although some foods are high in calories it is important to consume carbohydrates, lipids and all other essential nutrients so that the body does not suffer from the lack of any component it needs to function well.