It sounds like something to get excited about.
Functional foods have added ingredients to boost your immunity or improve your health or quality of life.
There are margarines and even a new pizza to lower cholesterol, yogurts to improve digestion, and soft drinks and bottled water to energize you, give you more vitamins, or even help you to lose weight.
Here’s the problem…
No one knows what the long-term effects of these functional foods are. Researchers warn that they could cause unexpected side effects.
There’s a particular concern about how these foods may interact with medicines you’re taking.
Writing in the British Medical Journal, Nynke de Jong and colleagues from the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment in the Netherlands focused on the potential risks of cholesterol-lowering functional foods.
They’re concerned that most people who eat cholesterol-lowering margarine and similar types of food already know they have high cholesterol.
So these people are more likely to be treating their condition with statins, which are prescription drugs designed to reduce cholesterol.
The phytosterols and stanols in the functional foods may interact badly with these statins and form fatty deposits in your arteries. Which is exactly what you don’t want.
So before you eat any functional foods for your health, check with your doctor. Especially if you take any medications.
You don’t want to accidentally hurt yourself by eating healthy.