Imagine yourself chomping into a cheeseburger that not only tastes good but reduces your risk of heart disease. Sound difficult to believe? Well if some scientists have their way, it may be that many popular dishes will be reconstructed to offer important health benefits. According to the Australian news magazine The Age, scientists are working to develop “bioactives,” that is, additives that provide health benefits above nutrition, to a whole host of foods. Some of these include compounds to prevent arthritis, stop the aging process, and help prevent deep-vein thrombosis. Indeed, so optimistic are scientists about their bioactive research that some predict what are now being called “functional foods” will become a reality in about five years.

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