"Nutraceutical" may not be the most mouth-watering word in the dictionary, but it seems destined to stake a claim in the lexicon of food retailing. Also called functional food, a nutraceutical is anything edible that might have a therapeutic or health-enhancing component, says Patti Mulligan, a registered dietitian with Henry's Marketplace, based in La Mesa, Calif. This "umbrella" term covers a wide range of food: low-fat, sugarless and low-salt foods, as well as items with value-added ...

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