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Definition of Food, functional

Food, functional: A modified food that claims to improve health or well-being by providing benefit beyond that of the traditional nutrients it contains. Functional foods may include such items as cereals, breads, beverages that are fortified with vitamins, some herbs, and nutraceuticals.

Source: MedTerms™ Medical Dictionary
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Last Editorial Review: 3/19/2012

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