About this Research Topic
Functional foods provide health benefits beyond their basic nutritional values: with the same amount of calories, more nutrients can be delivered to the organism. Moreover, additional active components may have beneficial effects and help in the prevention of many diseases. Therefore, it is important to design and introduce functional foods into the market and into our daily diet. Consumers' interest in those types of products is also growing, and the functional foods market size is projected to grow rapidly everywhere in the world. The sociological and economical aspects associated with increasing the consumption of those foods are aknowledged by governments in many countries.
However, incorporating unusual ingredients into foods may affect the products’ physical properties, the technological aspects of the production process and the sensory value of products. All those aspects require careful analysis, but the first step should be to test if any undesirable changes appear during processing and storage. Whether these products are truly beneficial to our health is another important aspect to investigate.
Keywords: functional food, nutritional value, health, additional active components, global market
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