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Superfoods VS Functional Food

‘Superfoods’ is a generic term used to describe a variety of different foods.

‘Superfoods’ is a generic term used to describe a variety of different foods. Its ‘super’ implies to the super nutrient composition of the foods that are rich in antioxidant and other natural occurring nutrients, mostly plant-based but also some fish and dairy. It is different to Functional Food as Superfoods only contain the natural occurring nutrients while Functional Food may play a role in improving overall health and well-being by benefiting certain inner body functions. It is probably accurate to say that functional foods are also superfoods but not vice versa, as both food groups are rich in antioxidant, vitamins, minerals, fiber that contribute to better general health and wellbeing.

Superfoods VS Functional Foods

Let’s make this easier to understand with the main functional ingredients categorized as important food groups that are significant to include in our daily diet

TOP 5 FUNCTIONAL FOOD GROUPS

  • Omega

Functions:
protects from heart disease, lower triglyceride levels, reduces inflammation, lowers the risk of some chronic diseases

  • Probiotics

Functions:
found in yoghurt and some fermented foods; improves digestive system, promotes gut health

  • Vitamin E (Antioxidants)

Functions:
builds strong immunity, lowers the risk of cancer, heart disease, diabetes and Alzheimer’s disease

  • Soy Protein (Proteins & Amino Acids)

Functions:
substitute for dairy products reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease and lowers the risk of certain chronic diseases)

  • Phytosterols (Botanicals)

Functions:
Help lower cholesterol, reduce risk of heart disease, stroke, heart attacks and reduce risk of cancer

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