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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
First recorded in 1880-85 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Daphne believed in health suggestion, as well as health food.

  • The best suppositories for continuous use are probably the gluten suppositories of the health food Company.

  • "And I also admit that sweet and sour fish ain't exactly a health food, Mawruss," Abe said.

  • Our health food Stores will supply everything you need for a perfect health diet.

    Food Remedies Florence Daniel
  • I thought that Mrs. Jameson, between the stove at her back and the hot water in her health food, would have her just deserts.

    The Jamesons Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
  • A certain breakfast food is said to have lost much of its popularity since advertised as a health food.

    Civics and Health William H. Allen
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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