In an earlier post, I mentioned a class project in which we have to produce a cookie with a functional ingredient: Omega 3. In general, I’m very much opposed to the ways food companies try to make junk food sound like health food and suggest that their products are a superior source of xyz nutrients to the actual food sources.
However, I think this assignment will be useful in that it might help me and my group get a glimpse into the mindset of a food manufacturer trying to produce and sell a product that will make them a lot of money. I’m a little too jaded to honestly believe that any of them could really be in it to promote good health…I think having a little taste of what goes into that process might give me some good ammunition for talking clients into eating real foods instead of getting all their vitamin C from, say, fortified soda.
Check out this article from Consumer Reports for more on functional foods.