Functional foods - urgent need for healthy mind and body
Valentina Chauhan, Satwinder Kaur
To eat is necessity and to eat intelligently is an art. Our body is usually compared with a machine, just as machine requires fuel to carry out different functions and repair, in the same way our body also requires fuel and maintenance. Question is what kind of fuel; healthy and nutritious food and if the emphasis is on functional foods than most of our health related problems can be sorted out. Increased cases of obesity, diabetes, heart stroke amongst younger generation and that too in school going children is really alarming and time has come to find out its cure. Maintenance of good health and sense of wellbeing are top priorities for many people and there has been a growing interest in the health promoting role of certain foods above their nutritional value. This chapter deals with the importance of “food as medicine” which is somewhere lost due to advent of drug therapy. Functional foods of plant and animal origin, type and their importance is particularly highlighted as an eye opener to the generations to come.