Health food 1

Starting from today, I’m going to talk about health food in general.

Health food is such a broad topic. I would like to start with defining the following: What are health foods?

In fact, there is no official definition for health food.

You may wonder why, but there isn’t any.

For pharmaceutical products, their safety and efficacy for specific diseases are reviewed by the government before they are sold to doctors and pharmacies.

When it comes to health foods, however, they are not subject to the same review process by the government. Foods that have long been eaten, and their extracts or active ingredients are sold as health foods.

Health foods are tentatively categorized as common foods, the same category as meat and vegetables (including processed foods).

Let us look at the definitions of health foods in other countries. Many clearly define what health foods are.