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When Food Becomes Your Medicine: Functional Foods

Joan Salge Blake , MS , RD, LDN
Registered Dietitian and Nutrition Professor
Boston University 

In attempt to fight heart disease, cancer, and numerous conditions that ails them, Americans are spending $25 billion annually on functional foods - foods that have a positive effect on your health beyond providing basic nutrients. Do these foods work? Maybe. Are they superior to naturally grown fruits, vegetables and whole grains? Not necessarily. Is fish considered a functional food? You betcha.

Take this quiz to find out more:

1) Whole grains, such as brown rice, whole wheat bread, and popcorn can help reduce the risk of heart disease, certain cancers, and type 2 diabetes.
True
False
2) The fiber in beans, oatmeal, and pears can lower your cholesterol.

True

False
3) Probiotics can reverse “crow's feet”, those nasty aging lines around your eyes.

True

False

4) Eating two fish meals a week can reduce your risk of dying from heart disease.

True

False
5) Milk chocolate is a sweet treat for you heart.

True

False