Not for nothing, but those of us in the dairy business know a thing or two about functional foods. After all, if Mother Nature herself could have formulated the prototypical functional food …Well, she did formulate the prototypical functional food, and she called it “milk.”
But even Mother Nature would engage in a little extra credit if she had the job to do all over again. For as inherently healthful as milk and dairy foods are — rich in protein, minerals, good-for-you fats and naturally occurring bioactives — today’s competitive market demands that any food, even dairy, go beyond basic nutrition to be truly functional. That’s why it’s encouraging to learn that suppliers are developing functional ingredients with dairy applications in mind.