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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Southern fare isn't exactly known as health food, but PeachDish gives you a way to enjoy your down-home favorites while sticking to your healthy eating goals. SELF, "The Best Meal-Kit Delivery Services to Try in 2019," 1 Jan. 2019 Granola has long been touted as a health food, but many of the most popular brands are no better than sugary kids' cereal. Kelly O'sullivan, Woman's Day, "5 So-Called "Healthy" Foods That Are Secretly Packed With Sugar," 24 Jan. 2017 Tofu, soymilk, miso, and the like have long had reputations as ultra crunchy health foods. Marygrace Taylor, Good Housekeeping, "Is Soy Good Or Bad For You? We Have The Science-Backed Answer.," 17 May 2017 At the same time, her mother-in-law is diagnosed with dementia, her own mother cracks her hip, teenage Emily is self-harming and Richard has become obsessed with health food and cycling. Alex Witchel, New York Times, "Allison Pearson ‘Does It’ Again," 1 June 2018 There’s been a slow-down in growth, but an uptick in profitability, but the latter is poised to improve with forays into new sectors, including health foods and Latin foods. David Craggen, USA TODAY, "Correction strategies: 5 stocks that can weather the global trade war," 4 Apr. 2018 With a new year on the horizon, there are a bunch of incoming health food trends to get excited about. Audrey Bruno, SELF, "12 Health Food Trends to Be on the Lookout for in 2019," 11 Dec. 2018 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

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First Known Use of health food

1882, in the meaning defined above

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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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