natural food


Definition of natural food

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

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The food conglomerate has struggled to increase sales in the U.S. Its brands such as Oscar Mayer deli meat and Kool-Aid are well-known but at odds with trends toward fresher and more natural foods. Annie Gasparro, WSJ, "Kraft Heinz’s Profit Suffers as Costs Rise," 1 Nov. 2018 And, according to a Wakefield study, millennials are more likely to spend more and place priority on purchasing natural foods for their pets. Sarah Hauer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "This Milwaukee company turns breweries' leftovers into dog treats," 23 Feb. 2018 Now other big food companies that lost sales to startup organic and natural food makers are also competing to make more healthful products, sparking a wave of mergers and executive changes across the food industry. Annie Gasparro, WSJ, "For Hain Celestial, Turf Battles in Health Food Dig Into Sales," 28 Aug. 2018 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

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First Known Use of natural food

1917, in the meaning defined above

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Medical Definition of natural food

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

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