functional food

[ fuhngk-shuh-nl food ]
/ ˈfʌŋk ʃə nl ˈfud /

noun

a food that is fortified or enriched to provide beneficial properties beyond the nutritional value of the food in its unenhanced state: in some jurisdictions, as in Canada or Japan, functional foods must be labeled to specify the purported physiological benefits, including disease prevention or treatment.

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Origin of functional food

First recorded in 1985–90; translation of Japanese kinōsei-shokuhin, from kinōsei “functionality” (equivalent to kinō “function” + -sei, abstract noun suffix) + shokuhin “food”
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British Dictionary definitions for functional food

functional food

noun

a food containing additives which provide extra nutritional valueAlso called: nutraceutical
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