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Functional Foods

With scientific and technological advancements in both nutrition and food science and an increasing demand for personalised nutrition,

consumers can select from an array of functional foods and make them part of everyday life. Within the EU, the, there is no regulatory

definition of “functional food,” but according to The British Nutrition Foundation, “the term ‘functional’ is sometimes used to describe foods

and drinks that are enriched with particular nutrients or substances that have the potential to positively influence health over and above their

basic nutritional value.”*

All foods have some function, but there’s a difference with those deemed to be “functional foods.” According to Academy of Nutrition and

Dietetic position paper: “All food is essentially functional at some level as it provides energy and nutrients needed to sustain life. However, there

is growing evidence that some food components, not considered nutrients in the traditional sense, may provide positive health benefits.”



Why Meal Replacements

Qualify as Functional Foods

Meal replacements come in various forms, like Herbalife

Nutrition Formula 1 Healthy Meal or Formula 1 Express

Healthy Meal Replacement Bar, and they have some

common characteristics, beyond taste, aroma or

nutritive value, that make them functional foods:

• These products support weight loss and weight

maintenance,** through portion control and by providing

the nutrients our body would need per meal.

• They are rich in protein, which supports the maintenance

and growth of muscle mass.

• All European meal replacement products are fortified with

vitamins and minerals.

Meal replacements are a category of functional food that

provides a variety of health benefits.** Traditionally used for

weight management, evidence has accrued in recent years

suggesting they provide a host of other benefits, including

protein which contributes to the maintenance of muscle

mass and by serving as a source of daily nutrition to help fill

nutrient gaps in the diet.

* Functional foods – British Nutrition Foundation – Page #1. [online]


uk. Available at:

foods.html?start=1 [Accessed 17 Oct. 2018].

**For weight control: Substituting two of the main daily meals of an energy restricted

diet with meal replacements contributes to weight loss. For weight maintenance:

Substituting one of the main daily meals of an energy restricted diet with a meal

replacement contributes to the maintenance of weight after weight loss.