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The new tendencies in the consumption pattern caused by a bigger interest inthe people for consuming natural food that reduce the risk of diseases withoutneed to use medications, has generated the appearance of new enterprises inthe line of functional foods. Functional foods are foods that provide more than basic nutrition; they have bioactive food components than can potentiallyenhance health when eaten on a regular basis as part of a varied diet. Thecommunication of health benefits is also important for the people so that theyhave knowledge to make choices about the foods they eat.The research opportunities in nutrition to explore the relationship between afood or a food component and an improved state of health and well-being, orreduction of disease, present the greatest challenge to scientists now and in thefuture.
With the increase of the population life expectancy, the nutrition has proceededto being a very relevant factor in the life quality of the people and in theprevention of the most frequent diseases.The evidences accumulated in the last years in public health and nutrition, theyindicate that diseases depend so much of our genetic condition as of ournutrition, physical activity, habit to smoke, of our social connections and