whole food


Definition of whole food

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

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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 Not only will your dessert be fresh and full of flavor, these treats feature whole food ingredients that bring extra nutrition to dessert time. Samantha Cassetty, NBC News, "Indulge your sweet tooth with these low-sugar desserts," 21 July 2019 Even when the whole foods are high-calorie, high-fat, or high-meat, Pollan shows, the people who eat them are still less obese and less disease-ridden than Americans. Emily Atkin, The New Republic, "The Promise and Problem of Fake Meat," 7 June 2019 The standards Bronze: A healthy restaurant must include at least 30 percent of menu items made from whole food ingredients, no preservatives, low-fat/low-sugar, rBGH-free milk and have at least one vegetarian option. Detroit Free Press Staff, Detroit Free Press, "Want to eat healthy? 13 Dearborn restaurants get kudos from Beaumont," 27 Feb. 2018 That’s a signal to eat more fiber in the forms of whole foods. Christine Byrne, Outside Online, "Are Eggs Bad for You? The Verdict Is Still Out.," 15 June 2019 The Bottom Line Any plan that restricts real, whole foods, and requires taking supplements comes at a cost, including financial and environmental ones. Jaclyn London, Ms, Rd, Cdn, Good Housekeeping, "9 Keto Diet Dangers Nutritionists Want You to Know About," 2 Jan. 2019 That said, any plan that restricts real, whole foods and requires nutrient supplementation comes at a cost. Jaclyn London, Ms, Rd, Cdn, Good Housekeeping, "Keto Diet Pills and Supplements May Hurt Your Health and Waste Your Money," 16 Jan. 2019

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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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