What are specialized foods?

Specialized foods - the whole is greater than the sum of the parts!

Specialized foods are an extensive field that has been the subject of numerous scientific studies underlining the connection between food and health for people of all ages.

Specialized foods break down into three categories: macronutrients, micronutrients and adapted nutrition.

Macronutrients include the proteins, carbohydrates and fats that supply the energy the body needs to function.

Micronutrients are the microelements, such as vitamins and minerals, that are required for good absorption, transformation, and metabolism of macronutrients. Our bodies cannot manufacture micronutrients. They must be supplied through a varied, balanced and healthy diet tailored to our individual needs.

A number of health conditions require a special diet. Often this necessitates eliminating certain foods that cause allergies, food intolerances or other health problems. These foods may contain macronutrients and micronutrients vital to maintaining good health, and which must be replaced to maintain a healthy balance. Adapted nutrition answers this challenge by modulating foods to respond to the individual’s specific needs.

Specialized foods are a healthy, effective way to manage health conditions and maintain optimal health throughout any and all stages of life. Food can therefore be more than a source of energy to fuel our activities. It can also restore balance to health compromised by forced changes in diet.