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
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British Dictionary definitions for health food
- vegetarian food organically grown and with no additives, eaten for its dietary value and benefit to health
- (as modifier)a health-food shop
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Medicine definitions for health food
A food believed to be highly beneficial to health, especially a food grown organically and free of chemical additives.
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