Health food

The term Health food has been used in the United States since the 1920s to refer to specific foods claimed to be especially beneficial to health.

In contrast to a healthy diet, proponents of health foods claim that a specific food has good effects on health. Examples of health foods include alfalfa sprouts, wheat germ and yogurt. Natural foods and organic food are related concepts. Health foods are sold in health food stores or in the health/organic section of the supermarket.

ee also

* Food guide pyramid
* Healthy eating pyramid
* Brain food
* Dietary supplements
* Dieting
* MyPyramid
* Essential nutrient
* Functional food
* Health
* Healthy eating
* 5 A Day
* Nutrition
* Orthorexia nervosa (an obsession with healthy eating)
* Superfruits
* Weight loss


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  • health food — noun Health food is used before these nouns: ↑store …   Collocations dictionary

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