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Food (/fuːd/) is any substance consumed to provide nutritional support for an organism. It is usually of plant or animal origin, and contains essential nutrients, such as carbohydrates, fats, proteins, vitamins, or minerals. The substance is ingested by an organism and assimilated by the organism's cells to provide energy, maintain life, or stimulate growth.


The term "food" comes from the Old English fōda, which is derived from the Germanic *fōdō.

Related Terms

  • Nutrition: The science that interprets the nutrients and other substances in food in relation to maintenance, growth, reproduction, health and disease of an organism.
  • Diet (nutrition): The sum of food consumed by a person or other organism.
  • Meal: An eating occasion that takes place at a certain time and includes prepared food.
  • Cooking: The art, technology, science and craft of preparing food for consumption.
  • Cuisine: A style or method of cooking, especially as characteristic of a particular country, region, or establishment.
  • Ingredient: A substance that forms part of a mixture (in a general sense). For example, in cooking, recipes specify which ingredients are used to prepare a specific dish.
  • Calorie: A unit of energy. In nutrition, calories refer to the energy people get from the food and drink they consume, and the energy they use in physical activity.

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