health food


: a food promoted as highly conducive to health

Example Sentences

He eats only health food. She shops at the health-food store. The restaurant offers a variety of health foods.
Recent Examples on the Web His parents ran a tavern and then a health food store. Harrison Smith, Washington Post, 10 Mar. 2023 Golden Algae can be used in the same way as a nutritional supplement and also as a health food. Jon Goodwin, Discover Magazine, 29 Dec. 2022 From there, formulas can get more specified, so asking your doctor or going to your local health food store and chatting with somebody there can help. ELLE, 15 Feb. 2023 They can be purchased in supermarkets and health food stores, or even made at home using natural ingredients such as water, lemon or lime juice, and salt. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 11 Feb. 2023 Note: Canned lentils are available at specialty stores, health food stores and international markets. Tribune News Service, cleveland, 7 Feb. 2022 However, curcumin from the health food store might also be synthesized directly from vanillin, which, in turn, is derived from wood pulp or from crude oil. Dr. Keith Roach, oregonlive, 5 Dec. 2022 The best thing to do is take your monthly prescription into a health food store and ask for it there. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 16 Dec. 2022 These gummies can be purchased online, in health food stores, or on your doctor's advice. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 20 Dec. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1882, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of health food was in 1882

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Cite this Entry

“Health food.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Mar. 2023.

Kids Definition

health food

: a food that is said to be especially good for one's health
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