natural food


Definition of natural food 

: food that has undergone minimal processing and contains no preservatives or artificial additives

Examples of natural food in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web

Look for it in Middle Eastern markets, natural food stores, and on Amazon. Leah Zerbe, Good Housekeeping, "The 11 Healthiest Whole Grains You Should Be Eating," 17 July 2018 Companies selling mainstay packaged foods across the industry are struggling to attract and retain shoppers seeking fresher, more natural foods. Annie Gasparro, WSJ, "Conagra Deal for Pinnacle Reflects Faith in Hot Frozen-Foods Aisle," 27 June 2018 The artificial colors, preservatives, and GMOs most Americans think shouldn’t be in natural foods probably won’t be there. Leslie Nemo, Bon Appetit, "How the FDA's New Definition for "Natural" Food Could Affect Your Pantry," 30 Apr. 2018 That means people’s food is accessible when the bears’ natural food sources run out. New York Times, "As Winter Warms, Bears Can’t Sleep. And They’re Getting Into Trouble.," 4 May 2018 Coconut vinegar can be found in natural foods stores, such as Outpost. Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Sweet summer on a plate: Fruits can enhance savory dishes, too," 26 June 2018 The groom is developing a natural food business called Quirk, which is to start up later in the year and is to have headquarters in New York. New York Times, "Cristina Caligiuri, Zachary Gazzaniga," 27 May 2018 Among the corporations under Unto Infinity was Golden Temple of Oregon, which built the Peace Cereal and Yogi Tea brands and was long a cornerstone of Eugene's natural foods industry. Maxine Bernstein,, "Judge dismisses lawsuit over rulership of Sikh business empire," 27 Apr. 2018 Like other food makers, Smucker is struggling to adapt its brands to consumers’ demand for fresher, more natural food, and the stock is off more than 20% in the past year. Laine Higgins, WSJ, "The Score: The Business Week in 7 Stocks," 8 June 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'natural food.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of natural food

1917, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about natural food

Share natural food

Statistics for natural food

Last Updated

12 Nov 2018

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for natural food

The first known use of natural food was in 1917

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for natural food

natural food


Medical Definition of natural food 

: food that has undergone minimal processing and contains no preservatives or artificial additives

More from Merriam-Webster on natural food

See words that rhyme with natural food

Comments on natural food

What made you want to look up natural food? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


noxious or harmful

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

A Thanksgiving Word Quiz

  • a-traditional-thanksgiving-dinner
  • November comes from a word for which of the following numbers?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.


Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!