Skip to 0 minutes and 14 secondsI will explain to you the scientific classification of health good. The term of "health food"is a legal term in Taiwan. I will introduce the development process of health food later. Let's see the classification first. There are 7 items of health food in general. Nature foods, Organic foods, Diet Foods, Nutritional Supplements, this type is especially used in hospitals. Medical foods, Functional foods, and designer foods. Next, I will introduce each category, definition and function. Natural food refers to the original state of food that we encounter in our daily life. There are certain foods has medical effects and are well known for its function even in ancient time. For example, royal jelly, ginseng, lingzhi mushroom and pollen are in the original states.

Skip to 1 minute and 36 secondsThese foods are famous for health promotion. Let's look at royal jelly first. Royal jelly has natural ingredient and it is famous for providing youth-boosting benefits. It is often mentioned royal Jelly can prolong the life span. Ginseng and lingzhi mushroom are also be known for the same effect, extending life span, and even improve our life quality.

Skip to 2 minutes and 10 secondsIn ancient China, their medical effects have been widely recognized and can be used as dietary supplement Whether ginseng and lingzhi mushroom or royal jelly are all in original physical states. They can all be used in traditional Chinese medicine. Legends have it that thousands-year lingzhi and thousands-year Heshouwu can save patients with severe diseases. Although this is fiction, the legends do tell us how people view nature dietary supplements. The second category is organic food. Organic food is famous in modern society all over the world. The origin of organic foods comes from the public concern of avoiding food pollution such as pesticides.

Skip to 2 minutes and 54 secondsIn Taiwan, more and more individual farmers dive into organic farming markets so that consumer can have a better food quality safety guarantee. Organic food especially focuses on the growing process, food crops variety Improvement, land cultivation and microbial control. Organic food means there is no pesticide or chemical fertilizer during the growing process. Green marketing becomes popular and more consumers prefer organic foods because organics foods ensure high levels of food safety. Broadly speaking, we classify organic foods as a type of health food.

Health Food Category: Nature Food and Organic Food

There are 7 items of health food in general. Nature foods, organic foods, diet foods, nutritional supplements, medical foods, functional foods, and designer foods. Prof. Huang will introduce you each category, definition, and function.

First, let’s look at the fist, natural food. Nature food refers to the original state of food. For example, royal jelly, ginseng, lingzhi mushroom, and pollen are in the original states. These food are famous for their health-promotion function and are edible.

The second category is organic food. Organic food is famous in modern society all over the world. Green marketing becomes popular and more consumers prefer organic foods because organics foods ensure high levels of food safety. Broadly speaking, we classify organic foods as a type of health food.

Do you have the grocery shopping habits buying organic food? Why you favor these organic foods? If you are comfortable to share, do comments below.

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Nutrition: Eating to Live Well

Taipei Medical University