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What are functional foods?

Do you want to live longer, have a higher quality of life and reduce risk of disease? Are you part of the “food as thy medicine”movement? If so, you fit the profile of consumers who want to learn more about functional foods. Today’s wellness-minded consumer has a keen focus on refining dietary choices. There are more healthy choices than ever and more cutting edge-research—not all of it consistent. Functional foods are an essential part of the mix. To benefit from this food category, you need to differentiate between real evidence and health claims based on shaky science or murky labeling. According to the International Food Information Council Foundation, functional foods provide benefits beyond basic nutrition and may play a role in reducing the risk of certain diseases and other health conditions. Examples include fruits and vegetables, whole grains, forti- fied foods and beverages and some dietary supplements. Oatmeal, with soluble fibre that can help lower cholesterol levels, is a familiar example.

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Whole person integrative eating

An interview with author Deborah Kesten, M.P.H. about her new book and the science behind this approach to eating better. Q1. What is Whole Person Integrative Eating? So many people struggle with their weight. My book, Whole Person Integrative Eating, is a science-backed program that gives you the exact skills you need to nourish “all of you”—body, mind, and soul—each time you eat, so you can lose weight and keep it off. Anyone struggling with weight needs this book to halt—even reverse—overeating and being overweight. Q2. You describe Whole Person Integrative Eating as a “dietary lifestyle.” What is that? The Whole Person Integrative Eating program is a dietary lifestyle that is the opposite of traditional dieting; something you go on, then off. Rather, Integrative Eating is a dietary lifestyle because it is based on the original meaning of the word “diet,” which, during the time of Hippocrates—about 2500 years ago—meant “way of life.” Over the centuries, the word diet traveled throughout Europe, until it came to mean a

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