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Functional Food

"Functional Food" is a descriptor in the National Library of Medicine's controlled vocabulary thesaurus, MeSH (Medical Subject Headings). Descriptors are arranged in a hierarchical structure, which enables searching at various levels of specificity.

Components of the usual diet that may provide health benefits beyond basic nutrients. Examples of functional foods include soy, nuts, chocolate, and cranberries (From NCCAM Backgrounder, March 2004, p3). Soy, for example, provides not only protein but also PHYTOESTROGENS (isoflavones), which help reduce total blood cholesterol by lowering LDL CHOLESTEROL.


This graph shows the total number of publications written about "Functional Food" by people in Harvard Catalyst Profiles by year, and whether "Functional Food" was a major or minor topic of these publication.
Bar chart showing 9 publications over 5 distinct years, with a maximum of 4 publications in 2015
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