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Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Volume 2012 (2012), Article ID 320193, 14 pages
Research Article

Functional Foods and Nutraceuticals in a Market of Bolivian Immigrants in Buenos Aires (Argentina)

1Laboratorio de Etnobotánica y Botánica Aplicada (LEBA), Facultad de Ciencias Naturales y Museo, Universidad Nacional de La Plata, Paseo del Bosque s/nro., La Plata, B1900 FWA, Buenos Aires, Argentina
2CONICET, Ciudad de Buenos Aires, Argentina
3Instituto de Botánica Darwinion (Academia Nacional de Ciencias Exactas, Físicas y Naturales-Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas, CONICET), Labardén 200, San Isidro, B 1642 HYD, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Received 15 July 2011; Accepted 12 September 2011

Academic Editor: Maria Franco Trindade Medeiros

Copyright © 2012 María Lelia Pochettino et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


This paper presents the results of a research in urban ethnobotany, conducted in a market of Bolivian immigrants in the neighborhood of Liniers, Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires (Argentina). Functional foods and nutraceuticals belonging to 50 species of 18 families, its products, and uses were recorded. Some products are exclusive from the Bolivian community; others are frequent within the community, but they are also available in the general commercial circuit; they are introduced into it, generally, through shops called dietéticas (“health-food stores”), where products associated with the maintenance of health are sold. On this basis, the traditional and nontraditional components of the urban botanical knowledge were evaluated as well as its dynamics in relation to the diffusion of the products. Both the framework and methodological design are innovative for the studies of the urban botanical knowledge and the traditional markets in metropolitan areas.