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Scientists, public health experts, food producers and consumers have united to generate functional food research that allows the public to gain important knowledge on functional foods that will strengthen the immune system for combatting viral diseases, new research findings relating to the virus and public health strategies to prevent the spread of viruses. This cornerstone guide, written by internationally recognized functional, medical, and bioactive food experts, covers the basics of functional food science. With more than 2,000 scientific references, this book provides scientists, medical doctors, nutritionists, food technologists, and students majoring in biology, nutrigenetic, food science fields, and public health professionals with a comprehensive and up-to-date examination of functional foods.This book provides modern information on functional food components, including antioxidants, dietary fibers, prebiotics, plant sterols, bioactive peptides, flavonoids, and many other phytochemicals. This text presents some of the latest developments in nutrigenomics, molecular biology, epidemiology, as well as the production, marketing, and distribution of functional foods. In this fourth edition of our textbook, our editorial board has included additional information and resources in order to enhance the learning experience of our readers. These additions include detailed editing of articles, new figures, tables, and pictures, end of chapter summaries for each chapter, test questions with answer keys at the end of each chapter, and an updated glossary with new key words. We believe that this edition will help our readers to better understand the new material and concepts of functional food science. In order to get the most out of this edition, it is recommended to read each chapter completely and to also review the summary paragraphs that conclude each chapter. These summaries lay out the main take-aways from the chapter and help to put the chapter as a whole into perspective. Also, the reader should complete the end of chapter test questions to make sure that the information is being retained and understood. Both of these components will assist the reader in studying and comprehending the material. There are many new words that have been updated in our glossary at the end of the textbook. These words can be found using the page numbers associated with them in order to find the chapter that contains them. These words have each been conveniently highlighted in the chapters so they may be easily located. It is to the readers' benefit to review these words in the glossary so that they may better understand the material in the chapters. The book is collective work of 33 scientists across the globe.