Table 2

Functions or biological roles mentioned in nutrient function claims that would increase functional food consumptiona,b
Function or biological role Percent of participants (nā€‰=ā€‰200)
Helps lower cholesterol 60.5
Factor in the formation and maintenance of bones and teeth 56.5
Dietary antioxidant 55.5
Factor in the maintenance of good health 44.5
Helps build antibodies 44.5
Promotes regularity 42.5
Helps build and repair body tissues 40.0
Aids in maintaining the health of skin and membranes 34.0
Aids in red blood cell formation 34.0

aParticipants were able to select more than one function or biological role.

bNutrient function claims were described to participants using an information sheet as health claims on food packaging that link a component of the product to the maintenance of a physiological function or to physical or mental performance, without explicit reference to a disease.

Vella et al.

Vella et al. Nutrition Journal 2014 13:44   doi:10.1186/1475-2891-13-44

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