How do functional foods affect the body?
The promotion of healthy diets and lifestyles has led more and more products to be classified as functional foods. How do these foods affect the human body? What is it really and is it worth using it?
Effects of functional foods on the body
The term "functional food" refers to a group of food products that do more than just provide the body with essential nutritional values. Their main task is to support the work of the immune system, improve digestion and work of the gastrointestinal tract, reduce excessively high cholesterol levels, strengthen the condition of the bones and ensure the proper functioning of the muscles. The exact effect on the body depends on the ingredients used in the product.
What additives can functional foods contain?
- Dietary fiber
- complete proteins
- Plant sterols (called stanols)
- Acidic antioxidants and bioflavonoids
- Omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids
- Bacterial strains of intestinal bacteria - probiotics
- Essential vitamins (such as biotin, folic acid, D3, and K2)
- Essential minerals (such as iodine, magnesium, potassium, calcium and iron).
Specific additives depend on the type of product. In most cases, functional foods are fortified with ingredients that may be lost during their production process. For example, many pasteurized fruit juices are fortified with vitamins. Fiber, on the other hand, is a common addition to bread.
Use of functional foods during weight loss
More and more functional foods include products that support fat reduction and proper body weight control. The zero-calorie sauces from Olimp Sport Nutrition are a good example of this. These products are free of high-calorie sugar and hydrogenated fats. Its sweet taste is a perfect alternative to unhealthy desserts. The absence of unnecessary calories makes it possible to maintain the goals of a slimming diet, that is, it ensures that energy deficiency is maintained.
Do functional foods have an effect on the body when gaining muscle mass?
Protein bars and snacks are a great example of functional foods that physically active people can use. Olimp Sport Nutrition protein bars enrich your daily diet with complete proteins. In turn, protein promotes not only the maintenance of bone health, but also muscle growth. It is a great choice for people who work on a muscular and athletic body.
Functional foods from Olymp Sport Nutrition
Olimp Sport Nutrition products are manufactured in a state-of-the-art research and development center of the pharmaceutical company Olimp Laboratories, to the highest standards. Functional foods contain only tested ingredients from pure raw materials. All products undergo an in-depth analysis that guarantees the necessary safety and unique quality.