Functional and Pharmacological Components of Foods and Drinks

There is growing interest, particularly in the food and beverage industry, in developing foods and drinks with functional properties (nutraceuticals) attractive to the consumer. These include effects on behavior, such as improvements in cognitive function, mood, and physical performance. Components of interest include caffeine, herbal extracts such as ginkgo biloba and panax ginseng, micronutrients, essential fatty acids, amino-acids, and carbohydrates. There is some support for beneficial effects of these components, but they are not reviewed further here.

Good Carb Diet

Good Carb Diet

WHAT IT IS A three-phase plan that has been likened to the low-carbohydrate Atkins program because during the first two weeks, South Beach eliminates most carbs, including bread, pasta, potatoes, fruit and most dairy products. In PHASE 2, healthy carbs, including most fruits, whole grains and dairy products are gradually reintroduced, but processed carbs such as bagels, cookies, cornflakes, regular pasta and rice cakes remain on the list of foods to avoid or eat rarely.

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