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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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  • The cold sore had vanished permanently under a régime of health-food, dumb-bells, and icy plunges.

    Gigolo Edna Ferber
  • The health-food companies, too, arrayed their appetizing wares.

    The Teacher George Herbert Palmer
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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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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