Definition of nutritive in US English:



  • 1Relating to nutrition.

    ‘the food was low in nutritive value’
    • ‘Food quality and nutritive value can be altered, and food allergies can also be a serious concern.’
    • ‘Milk proteins have a smooth mouth feel and high nutritive and biological value.’
    • ‘The present studies were conducted to determine the effects of common corn smut on the ensiling characteristics, palatability, and nutritive value of corn silage.’
    • ‘It is evident that a great deal of variability in the nutritive value exists among barley sources and we are able to account for this variability with measures of chemical constituents.’
    • ‘Chicory produces leafy growth that is high in nutritive value and mineral content if managed properly.’
    • ‘If you want to cut back a little on carbohydrates, cut back on those that have little or no nutritive value: soft drinks, candy, chips and other high-sugar or high-calorie snack foods.’
    • ‘Processing of maize further reduces the nutritive value by removing the outer layers of the kernels, which contain a significant portion of the nutrients.’
    • ‘It was concluded, therefore, that alfalfa had greater nutritive value for horses than timothy or orchardgrass harvested at either the pre- or early-bloom stages.’
    • ‘Cutting more frequently at earlier stages of maturity results in forage with higher nutritive value but lower yield compared with cutting less frequently at more mature stages of growth.’
    • ‘Reptiles and birds gulp their food down and hence lose much nutritive value.’
    • ‘Avoid foods that contain additives or lack nutritive value.’
    • ‘Unlike vitamins and minerals, the thousands of phytochemicals in plants don't seem to have any nutritive value, but they apparently protect the body against cancer, heart disease and other illnesses.’
    • ‘Bilberry has been used as food for centuries due to its high nutritive value, and today represents a precious wild delicacy.’
    • ‘Herman is looking for new genetic, genomic, and proteomic methods to improve protein, oil, and nutritive value in soybeans.’
    • ‘The nutritive values of radishes and leaves consist of moderate levels of Vitamins A, B, C, Calcium, Iron, and traces of Phosphorus and Potassium.’
    • ‘‘Fatty foods would be judged on their nutritive value per calorie or gram of fat,’ he explained.’
    • ‘Barley is an important energy supplement but there is a large amount of variability in nutritive value among barley varieties.’
    • ‘Therefore, various strategies have been developed to improve the nutritive value of crops by modifying their protein composition through genetic engineering.’
    • ‘In addition to preserving much of a plant's nutritive value, no flowering would also mean no pollen and no seeds, which would virtually eliminate the chance of transgene spread.’
    • ‘Proper harvesting and post-harvest handling methods, as well as proper storage of fruits and vegetables not immediately eaten, will help maintain the flavor, texture and nutritive value of the produce.’
    1. 1.1 Providing nourishment; nutritious.
      ‘nutritive food’
      • ‘Earlier they used to provide some nutritive food supplements to the poor patients.’
      • ‘In other cases, doctors advise change of environment to a pollution-free atmosphere, good nutritive food with multivitamin supplements and plenty of fluids.’
      • ‘In the nutritive sphere, food is partially cooked by the stomach, and then moved in the form of chyle to the liver where it is heated further.’
      • ‘People are now conscious of healthy eating - but our taste buds do not want bland and nutritive food.’
      • ‘She said that it could be effectively overcome by the consumption of highly nutritive foods.’
      nourishing, good for one, full of nourishment, full of nutrients, wholesome, healthy, health-giving, healthful, beneficial, sustaining, strengthening
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Late Middle English: from medieval Latin nutritivus, from nutrire ‘feed, nourish’.