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 Some people unnecessarily cut out whole food groups to achieve specific sizes or extreme weight loss goals, but this can take a toll on the body, Gans said. Maggie O'Neill, Verywell Health, 1 Dec. 2023 Relying too heavily on supplements rather than getting nutrients from whole foods can also lead to nutrient deficiencies and/or imbalances. Alyssa Hui, Verywell Health, 16 Nov. 2023 In contrast, many people on the keto diet eliminate whole foods or food groups. Amanda MacMillan, Health, 5 June 2023 For example, focus on fresh, whole foods and avoid fasting on active days. Cynthia Sass, Mph, Rd, Health, 29 Oct. 2023 Chao also adds that one of the best alternatives to foods with many additives is to opt to use whole foods and ingredients in meals and use it as an opportunity to model healthy behaviors for children. Emily Nadal, Parents, 23 Oct. 2023 Along that note, stick to whole food sources rather than ginger supplements, which aren’t regulated by the US Food and Drug Administration (meaning, there’s no guarantee that the pills contain what the bottle claims). Ashia Aubourg, SELF, 9 Oct. 2023 Why whole foods are the healthiest Dr. Holly Lofton, director of the medical weight management program at NYU Langone Health, has seen similar results in her patients. Linda Carroll, NBC News, 29 Sep. 2023 Unlike many other supplements on the market that rely on synthetic forms of nutrients, Peak Performance utilizes whole food sources whenever possible. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 28 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1880, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of whole food was in 1880

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“Whole food.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/whole%20food. Accessed 11 Dec. 2023.

Medical Definition

whole food

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