Respiratory health

The four key health concerns driving Chinese consumers to spend more on functional foods

Sports nutrition is one of the key drivers of China's functional product sector. ©iStock

Demand for functional food and drink has shot up in APAC, particularly in China, where 80% of the population claims to want to make their diets more healthy. And four key health concerns are driving sales.

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Feficiency of vitamins A, D, and E was positively correlated with RRTI occurrence. ©iStock

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