A specifically designed food


Lesson 2 : Health Foods

A specifically designed food

Is one that can have a positive impact on individuals health, physical performance or state of mind in addition to its nutritive value.

A designer food should fulfill three conditions

  1. It should be a food (not capsule, tablet or powder) derived from natural food ingredient.
  2. It should be possible to consume it as a part of daily diet.
  3. It should perform a particular function when ingested and regulate body function such as

    • Enhancement of body’s natural defense mechanism
    • Prevent specific disease
    • Ensure rapid recovery from specific disease
    • Control physical and mental conditions
    • Slow down the aging process.

A designer food can be

  1. Energy food: Sugars and fats which provide energy.

  2. High complex carbohydrate food: Helps to keep the blood sugar under control and called hypoglycemic

  3. High potassium foods: Foods such as oranges, bananas and apricot are excellent foods for very active persons and those who perspire heavily.

Benefits of Designer Foods:

Designers foods give protection against following conditions

  • Heart Disease
  • Stroke
  • Cancer
  • Infectious disease
  • Respiratory disorders
  • Eye disorders
  • Skin disorders and wrinkles
  • Osteoporosis
  • Memory deficits and mood disorders
  • Gall stones, nerve problems
  • Diabetes mellitus
  • Premenstrual syndrome

Food ingredients identified for enhancement of health are

  • Dietary fibre
  • Isoprenoids and vitamins
  • Cholines
  • Lactic acid bacteria
  • Minerals
  • Poly unsaturated fatty acids
  • Oligosaccharides
  • Sugar alcohols
  • Amino-acid peptides and proteins
  • Glycosides
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