natural food

noun

: 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 Wildlife advocates also worry about the welfare of the bears who will never return to their natural food source after feasting on human food for so long. The Aspen Times, The Denver Post, 16 Feb. 2024 Mushrooms are also one of the few natural food sources of vitamin D, and contain beta-glucan, a type of soluble fiber that aids in the reduction of blood cholesterol levels. Daphne Ewing-Chow, Forbes, 14 Feb. 2024 Test Kitchen Tip Check the baking aisle or natural food/gluten-free section of a large grocery store for almond flour ($9, Target). Katlyn Moncada, Better Homes & Gardens, 3 Feb. 2024 Sugars are present in many natural foods, from bananas to beets. Marta Zaraska, Scientific American, 11 Sep. 2023 Contrary to popular belief, an urban fox’s diet is made up of more than 50% natural food, such as earthworms, wild birds, seeds and fruits. Cecilia Rodriguez, Forbes, 28 Nov. 2023 High in carotenoids such as lutein, petals are also used to create natural food colorings with a warm golden yellow color that is used for all sorts of foods, beverages, and animal feeds. Derek Carwood, Better Homes & Gardens, 28 Oct. 2023 Around this time, mussels also faced other environmental pressures from increasing water pollution and the introduction of invasive Asiatic clams, which present competition for natural food sources. The Indianapolis Star, 5 Sep. 2023 Yes, there are several natural food sources of iron that can be beneficial for runners. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 6 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1917, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of natural food was in 1917

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“Natural food.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/natural%20food. Accessed 3 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition

natural food

noun
: food that has been processed as little as possible and contains no added artificial substances to keep it fresh or give it flavor

Medical Definition

natural food

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

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