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OLMEDILLA-ALONSO, Begoña  and  JIMENEZ-COLMENERO, Francisco. Functional meat products: development and evaluation of their health-promoting properties. Nutr. Hosp. [online]. 2014, vol.29, n.6, pp.1197-1209. ISSN 1699-5198.

For a number of reasons, meat products are an exceptionally adequate means for introducing different bioactive compounds into the diet without modifying eating habits. In recent years, there has been a notable development of meat products designed as potentially functional foods. Within the framework of the functional food, this article provides a general view of the reasons that motivate and justify their formulation, with special emphasis on: a) aspects to be considered in their design in order to be able to make nutrition claims and statements concerning their health-promoting properties; b) the strategies employed to optimize the presence of functional ingredients, favoring the presence of beneficial bioactive compounds and limiting others with negative consequences for our health, and c) the procedures for demonstrating a relationship between the consumption of potentially functional meat products with beneficial effects on health and the way in which these studies are reflected in the literature.

Keywords : Meat and meat products; Functional foods; Bioactive compounds; Risk factors; Intervention study.

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