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October 2000 Issue

Just How Functional Are Functional Foods? EN Does the Herbal Math

Ever wonder how much ginkgo is in that memory snack or how much ginseng is in an energy-boosting beverage? Not much. Certainly not enough to make a difference in your health. EN did some sleuthing and then did the math. The chart below shows that the doses of herbs in these products—and thus whatever benefits they might provide—are far from meaningful. Plus, there is no way to know if the herbs added are standardized and for them to be

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