health food


Definition of health food 

: a food promoted as highly conducive to health

Examples of health food in a Sentence

He eats only health food. She shops at the health-food store. The restaurant offers a variety of health foods.
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Meanwhile, acai berry aficionados find fault with Costco’s version of the would-be health food — specifically, too much sugar. Benjamin Romano, Anchorage Daily News, "Costco: Polish dog’s demise probably won’t be postponed by polemics," 12 July 2018 They are sold on the margins of the big-box retail establishment and are typically found in health food stores, boutiques and regional store chains. Anne Marie Chaker, WSJ, "Cannabis Comes to Your Coffee and Candy—But Is It Legal?," 12 Sep. 2018 Kendall and Ben were recently spotted at fancy health food store Erewhon Market in Los Angeles, according to Page Six. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "A Complete Relationship Timeline of Kendall Jenner and Ben Simmons," 23 July 2018 My local supermarket and health food store both have fresh rhizomes for sale in the winter. Jean Nick, Good Housekeeping, "How to Grow Your Own Turmeric Indoors," 22 July 2018 On particularly hot days, duck in for a scoop of Gatorade sorbet, which is basically a health food. Ac Shilton, Outside Online, "The Best Ice Cream in the U.S.," 5 July 2018 On Wednesday, the Lefferts Boulevard bridge, with its health food shop, pharmacy and Art Deco movie theater, received a stay of execution of sorts. Sarah Maslin Nir, New York Times, "A Bridge, the Rickety Heart of Kew Gardens, Gets a Reprieve," 12 July 2018 The group used donations from followers and earnings from yoga classes and health food businesses to amass cash to buy land and equipment. Washington Post, "Cult leader executed for Japan sarin attacks still a mystery," 6 July 2018 More: These 'health foods' may be bad for you More: Toddlers are consuming way too much sugar. Brett Molina, USA TODAY, "All that food at work is making us unhealthy, study finds," 12 June 2018

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First Known Use of health food

1882, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of health food was in 1882

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English Language Learners Definition of health food

: a food that is believed to be good for your health : a food that has no artificial ingredients

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