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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
ARE IDEAL FUNCTIONAL FOODS
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]Nutrition.org
uk. Available at:https://www.nutrition.org.uk/nutritionscience/foodfacts/functional-
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.