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health food

any natural food popularly believed to promote or sustain good health, as by containing vital nutrients, being grown without the use of pesticides, or having a low sodium or fat content.
Origin of health food
1880-85 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Another spice that some people think of as a health food: turmeric.
  • In some well-stocked health food stores, entire aisles are devoted to nondairy milks.
  • Local cheddars are also available at health food stores and, often, even at major supermarkets.
  • Purchase organic ingredients at reputable health food stores and mail order companies.
  • Many major stores carry green laundry detergent, and you also can find it at food co-ops or health food stores.
  • Look for locally grown poultry at farmers markets and health food stores.
  • Perhaps, before that happens, the natural substance will find its way into the herbal medicine aisle of health food stores.
  • But visit a well-stocked health food store, pharmacy or supermarket, and you'd never know it.
  • For a long time soy was touted as a miracle health food, until studies showed it is almost the opposite, a food to be avoided.
  • The standard solution, drowning out the bitter with butter, sort of cancels out the veggies' health food status.
British Dictionary definitions for health food

health food

  1. vegetarian food organically grown and with no additives, eaten for its dietary value and benefit to health
  2. (as modifier): a health-food shop
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health food in Medicine

health food n.
A food believed to be highly beneficial to health, especially a food grown organically and free of chemical additives.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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