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Writer Lists Top Functional Food Trends Of 2014

April 21, 2014: 12:00 AM EST
Americans who once relied heavily on nutritional supplements are switching to fortified and functional foods, according to a food writer who studied industry reports to compile a list of functional food trends. One report found that 90 percent of adults made a strong effort to consume more nutrients, vitamins, minerals, herbs/botanicals and include more fish/oil/omega-3s in their diets. Probiotics are playing a key role in efforts to maintain a healthy digestive system and boost the immune system. Other trends: interest in recognizable and natural ingredients; Hispanic interest in functional foods; emphasis on protein eating; and reliance on functional foods to prevent heart disease, hypertension, osteoporosis and type 2 diabetes.
A. Elizabeth Sloan, "The Top Ten Functional Food Trends", Food Technology, April 21, 2014, © Institute of Food Technologists
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