Healthy food means the diet that leads to improving the health of the individual. It is a marketing term that describes the health effects of a person who follows the normal healthy diet required for human nutrition. Foods marketed as health foods may be part of one or more categories, such as natural foods, organic foods, whole foods, plant foods, or nutritional supplements. These products can be sold in health food stores or in the health food or organic sections of grocery stores. While there is no precise definition of “healthy food,” the FDA monitors and warns food manufacturers against labeling foods because they have specific health effects when there is no evidence to support such statements.
Public health experts believe that health and beauty are based primarily on the rules of proper nutrition, as the work and harmony of the body’s organs depends on the balance of the basic elements received through the food ingested. It is known that food consists mainly of the following basic food groups:
Mineral elements and vitamins
Although most foods contain various nutrients, at the same time we do not find a single food that can contain all the nutrients, so nutrition and public health experts advise the need to eat different types of food without being limited to one type only.
Mineral elements play an important role in the vital processes in the body, as they regulate the process of building and installation in the various tissues and cells of the body, and they are necessary for the continuation of life and the enjoyment of health and wellness away from disease. The body needs vitamins and mineral elements to perform its functions properly and must be obtained from the food that we eat.
In the United States, health claims on Nutrition Facts labels are regulated by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), while advertising is regulated by the Federal Trade Commission. Several other countries introduce food labeling regulations to address the potentially healthy quality of foods, such as Canada and the European Food Safety Authority.
According to the US Food and Drug Administration, “Health claims describe the relationship between a food, dietary ingredient, or dietary supplement, and a reduced risk of developing a health-related disease or condition.”
In general, claims of health benefits for certain nutrients are not supported by scientific evidence and are not evaluated by national regulatory agencies. Additionally, research funded by manufacturers or marketers has been criticized for producing more positive results than research funded independently.
Although there is no exact definition of “healthy food,” the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) monitors and warns food manufacturers against labeling foods because they have specific health effects when there is no evidence to support such statements, such as one product in general. In cases of malnutrition, ready-to-use therapeutic foods have been used successfully to improve the health of malnourished children