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 Though inulin offers benefits as a fiber source and as a prebiotic, keep in mind that the majority of your fiber should be coming from whole foods that provide other nutrients. Christy Brissette, Washington Post, "What is inulin, and why is it showing up in so many food products?," 12 June 2019 Limit sugary and processed products and encourage them to eat fresh, whole foods instead. Samantha Lauriello, Health.com, "No, You Probably Shouldn’t Put Your Kids on Keto—Here’s Why," 29 Aug. 2019 That includes a number of highly nutritious whole foods, like legumes (i.e. beans, lentils, peanuts), dairy, whole grains, and starchy vegetables like potatoes. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "What's the Difference Between Eating Low-Carb, Paleo, and Keto?," 26 Aug. 2019 Urban Harvest is partnering with Northeast Houston Redevelopment Council and Common Market to create and run the market, which is located in an area where fresh fruits, vegetables and other healthful whole foods are difficult to find. Katherine Feser, Houston Chronicle, "Retail wrap: Power center headed to Aliana; Urban Harvest kicks off new Farmers Market," 16 Aug. 2019 On the other hand, fruits, vegetables, unsweetened milk or yogurt, and other whole foods that naturally contain sugar are all healthy additions to a child’s diet. Time, "Is Sugar as Bad for Kids as It Is for Adults?," 1 Aug. 2019 Might different health problems emerge from a large-scale replacement of meat, which, for all its problems, is still a whole food? Emily Atkin, The New Republic, "The Promise and Problem of Fake Meat," 7 June 2019 Our whole food system needs to change, a sort of biotech awakening. Matt Simon, WIRED, "We’re Eating This Planet to Death," 8 Aug. 2019 Overall, diets that are high in a variety of whole foods that are rich in fiber, vitamins and minerals, and phytochemicals promote healthy hormone levels. Christy Brissette, Washington Post, "What are ‘hormone diets’ — and can they really help you lose weight quickly?," 5 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of whole food

1880, in the meaning defined above

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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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