Nutrition in a Bottle
Prior to selecting any ingredients, food formulators in the nutraceutical arena must first determine if their desired product will be considered a functional food or a dietary supplement. The FDA has drawn a few distinctions between functional foods with added nutrition components, and dietary supplements which may provide added nutrition in the form of a pill, bar or liquid product, but are not intended to be part of everyday meals. Which category a product falls into drives which ingredients can be used, and what claims can be made. Dietary supplements bear claims that they affect the structure or function of the body or promote "well-being".