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balanced diet

a diet consisting of the proper quantities and proportions of foods needed to maintain health or growth.
Origin of balanced diet
First recorded in 1935-40 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • So he must know something of dietetics and he must have a balanced diet.

    Diet and Health Lulu Hunt Peters
  • So far as the food quality of the chestnut is concerned it is not a balanced diet, mostly sugar, but it is a splendid food.

  • Running ten miles a day and eating a balanced diet of organic fruit and nuts?


    Cory Doctorow
  • "Uh-huh," grunted Sarah, interested at that moment in a description of a balanced diet for her pets.

    Rosemary Josephine Lawrence
  • "Vegetables," said Marcus, watching to make sure his son selected a balanced diet.

    Mezzerow Loves Company Floyd L. Wallace
  • Black bread, potatoes, and sometimes cabbage, make up his "balanced diet."

    Lest We Forget John Gilbert Thompson
balanced diet in Medicine

balanced diet n.
A diet that furnishes in proper proportions all of the nutrients necessary for adequate nutrition.

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

balanced diet definition

A diet that contains the proper proportions of carbohydrates, fats, proteins, vitamins, minerals, and water necessary to maintain good health.

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.
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