Consumers continue to be interested in the connection between the food they eat and the possible benefits foods may provide to their health. Over three quarters of Americans are either "very interested" or "somewhat interested" in learning more about the category of foods known as functional foods, and a similar amount admit to consuming, or having an interest in consuming, foods and/or beverages that may provide health benefits. (IFIC) The curriculum Functional Foods for Life (FFL) was developed to meet this consumer need by providing evidence based information on six specific functional foods that have research linking them to playing a role in the prevention of certain chronic diseases. Functional foods are defined as those that have the potential to benefit health when consumed as part of a varied diet. (AND, 2013)
The FFL curriculum is a compilation of six (6) individual lessons, with each lesson focusing on a different functional food. Each lesson has been peer-reviewed by an expert on each specific food. The following programming is available for nutrition educators to provide to adults of all ages:
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A functional food is defined as "one that has a potential benefit on health when consumed as part of a varied diet"(AND, 2013).
Consider listening to one, or all, of these podcasts to learn more about your favorite functional food!
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After each presentation, please take a moment to complete the anonymous Post/Pre Evaluation.
Berries and You: Perfect Together
Duration: 32 minutes
Post Survey: surveymonkey.com/r/FFLBerries
Bringing Vegetables to the Table: A Celebration of the Harvest
Duration: 34 minutes
Post Survey: surveymonkey.com/r/FFLVegetables
Chocolate: Is it the New Health Food?
Duration: 32 minutes
Post Survey: surveymonkey.com/r/FFLChocolate
Coffee: Should it be Your Mug of Choice?
Duration: 33 minutes
Post Survey: surveymonkey.com/r/FFLCoffee
Focus on Fungi: Mushrooms and Their Health Benefits
Duration: 29 minutes
Post Survey: surveymonkey.com/r/FFLFungi
Tea: Drink to Your Health!
Duration: 45 minutes
Post Survey: surveymonkey.com/r/FFLTea