whole food


Definition of whole food 

: a natural food and especially an unprocessed one (such as a vegetable or fruit)

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Ditch your diet for a couple of weeks, study suggests A balanced diet is the key A recent study conducted by researchers at Stanford University revealed eating more vegetables along with other whole foods is the key to a healthy diet. Jason Lemon, ajc, "Should you avoid carbs? Here's what the science says," 25 Apr. 2018 Think of it as a whole food delivery service but for your face: With all the right ingredients and recipes at your fingertips, your skin will never go hungry again. Ivana Rihter, Vogue, "5 New, Eco-Friendly Beauty Brands, Just in Time for Earth Day," 21 Apr. 2018 Two is organic whole food nutrition, as much as possible. Daina Saleh, Naperville Sun, "Down to Business: Mixing up high-intensity workouts at Burn Boot Camp in Naperville," 8 Mar. 2018 Calcium from whole foods is absorbed and metabolized slower than from supplements, allowing our bodies to utilize the mineral as an electrolyte and improve bone mineral density. Sara Angle, Outside Online, "Athletes, Stock Up on This Powerhouse Summer Produce," 22 June 2018 Most experts agree canines should eat whole foods over processed, feed-grade ingredients, but whether cooked or raw is the subject of big debate. Lesley Mckenzie, The Hollywood Reporter, "Inside the Raw vs. Cooked Dog Food Debate: Hollywood's Top Vets Weigh In," 18 June 2018 The diet was a whole food, vegetarian diet that restricted fat to no more than 10 percent of total calories. Richard Klasco, New York Times, "Can Lifestyle Changes Remove Plaques in Your Arteries?," 18 May 2018 Programs offering recipes and products are now more focused on long-term mindful eating and fresh, whole foods. Sophie Egan, chicagotribune.com, "Paleo, keto, fasting, Whole30: Why food tribes are on the rise," 17 May 2018 Here’s one example: Brazil has a program that’s focused on whole foods and eating traditional diets. Sandy Bauers, Philly.com, "Chronic diseases, accidents are the top global health threats. What can we do about it?," 1 June 2018

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First Known Use of whole food

1880, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of whole food was in 1880

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English Language Learners Definition of whole food

: a food that is considered healthy because it is grown naturally, has not been processed, and contains no artificial ingredients

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Medical Definition of whole food 

: a natural food and especially an unprocessed one (as a vegetable or fruit)

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