Definition of whole food in US English:

whole food

noun

also whole foods
British
  • Food that has been processed or refined as little as possible and is free from additives or other artificial substances.

    • ‘Start any green tea hunt in your local wholefood shop or at Whittard of Chelsea (Glasgow, Edinburgh, Perth) who do a decent basic sencha.’
    • ‘Growers sell their produce direct to the consumer making them better value than supermarket organics and fresher than the sad ritual display of wrinkly produce that lingers in some wholefood shops.’
    • ‘Cross-country skiing burns an enormous amount of calories, but I do eat a lot of fresh fruit and wholefoods.’
    • ‘A few doors across, in the wholefood cafe, a father and his young son were about to tuck into their tofu burgers.’
    • ‘He gave me acupuncture and put me on a wholefood diet.’
    • ‘He got some relief from a homoeopathic remedy he picked up at Tullivers herbs and wholefood shop in Colliergate, York.’
    • ‘Bulgur (cracked wheat) is available in most supermarkets and wholefood stores.’
    • ‘The course focuses on a wholefood diet as the basis of sound nutrition.’
    • ‘If you've had the good fortune to taste its milk (on sale in good wholefood and specialist food shops), you'll instantly notice the difference.’
    • ‘They can be found in health and wholefood shops, and some delicatessens and supermarkets.’
    • ‘In one study, anti-cancer agents were found to be up to 13 times more effective when several foods in a wholefood diet were combined.’
    • ‘‘We rely on supplement sales to sell the range of wholefoods we offer,’ she explained.’
    • ‘Some wholefood shops sell organic capers bottled in olive oil if you find the standard ones too salty.’
    • ‘Then we'll be able to concentrate on other interests, mainly in the wholefood cookery area.’
    • ‘Both are available in Middle Eastern stores, wholefood shops and some supermarkets.’
    • ‘And these days, the ingredients aren't difficult to source: a variety of Japanese noodles and seaweed is readily available in most supermarkets, wholefood stores and delicatessens.’
    • ‘This wholefoods, high-fiber diet kept them remarkably free of chronic disease.’
    • ‘Unfortunately, refusal to try a wide range of fresh and wholefoods deprives children of the very nutrients they need for emotional stability.’
    • ‘She sees a need to return to a simpler wholefood diet.’
    • ‘Vanessa returned with a tray bearing two mugs of coffee, plates with slices of Mikki's healthy, wholefood cake and two forks.’

Pronunciation

whole food

/ˈhōl fo͞od//ˈhoʊl fud/