Functional foods

The foods you eat are full of chemicals. Chemicals in foods with health enhancing properties are known as active non-nutrients. Foods containing these chemicals are referred to as functional foods.

Foods containing active non-nutrients

Food is a source of active non-nutrients


Investigate Contemporary food issues – nutrition.

Your tasks


What are phytochemicals? Define a phytochemical.

Record and analyse

What’s in the food you eat? Record and analyse your diet.


What’s the issue? Debate the value of including active non-nutrients in manufactured food.

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