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kantim 07-22-2013 11:31

'Functional foods:' Creating and marketing food products that prevent disease
 
Not a fan of "created" food. But for sure "created" food need to be improved a lot.

'Functional foods:' Creating and marketing food products that prevent disease and obesity

Over 1 billion people throughout the world have an angiogenesis system that is "out of balance," said Dr. Li. These individuals either have, or are at risk for developing, abnormal blood vessel growth and related heart disease, cancer, arthritis, Alzheimer's disease, obesity and other diseases and conditions.

There are many antiangiogenic pharmaceutical products on the market today that are successfully fighting cancer and other diseases. Many foods have the same powerful, naturally-occurring properties including tomatoes, green tea, garlic, broccoli, dark chocolate, turmeric, tuna and olive oil.

"It's quite eye opening," said Dr. Li. "Food is the medicine we consume three times a day. Can we use the same process (to modulate angiogenesis) at an earlier stage in healthy individuals? Can we get away from drugs and medical devices?"

Recent studies have found that combining some of these foods like tomatoes and broccoli, heating some foods to a certain temperature (or not heating others), and/or cooking them in olive oil, may enhance their antiangiogenesis abilities. These findings could impact food design and preparation, said Vincent Li, MD, scientific director at the Angiogenesis Foundation.

"There is a clear global demand for 'functional foods' that provide health benefits beyond what is provided by their nutritive content," said Ravi Menon, Ph.D., senior principal scientist at the Bell Institute for Health & Nutrition at General Mills, Inc. in Minneapolis.


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