whole food


Definition of whole food

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

Examples of whole food in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Food apartheid looks at the whole food system & takes into account income, race & geo. Andrew Mark Miller, Washington Examiner, "Pressley: Black community more vulnerable to coronavirus due to 'comorbidities of structural racism'," 12 Dec. 2020 Read the label: The first ingredient should be a real, whole food— not sugar by a different alias, or sugar itself. Good Housekeeping, "Is Sugar Bad for You? Here's What You Need to Know," 26 Oct. 2020 The DGAs, on the other hand, recommend getting it from whole food sources like fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, seeds, and legumes, which each provide several important nutrients. Christine Byrne, Health.com, "What Is the F-Factor Diet, and Is it Safe? Here's What Nutritionists Say," 21 Sep. 2020 Parents interested in caring for their child's gut microbiota for weight management or overall health can look to whole food sources. Kristen Rogers, CNN, "Probiotics may help manage childhood obesity, study finds," 7 Sep. 2020 Donning an American flag bandanna, Ellie's tail wags happily during her whole food retrieval assignment at The Chick. Perri Ormont Blumberg, Southern Living, "Watch Ellie the Dog Pick Up Her Owner's Curbside Delivery at a Chick-fil-A in Chapel Hill," 25 Aug. 2020 Despite common themes from book to book, his latest feels fresh, focusing on whole foods while avoiding sounding didactic. Janelle Bitker, SFChronicle.com, "Oakland chef Bryant Terry brings international flair to vegan recipes," 5 May 2020 This red pepper hummus is made with whole foods, and steamed chickpeas and roasted red pepper are the first two ingredients. Amy Gorin, NBC News, "18 plant-based foods nutritionists buy at ALDI," 18 Mar. 2020 Making healthy dietary choices across the board will benefit your sleep (Photo: Getty Images / Olesia Shadrina) Try to reach for whole foods and complex sugars all day, not just before bed. Lindsey Vickers, USA TODAY, "Food to avoid for better sleep during stressful times—and what to eat instead," 29 Apr. 2020

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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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22 Dec 2020

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“Whole food.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/whole%20food. Accessed 15 Jan. 2021.

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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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