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Types of food or drink

aphrodisiac

noun

a food, drink, or drug that makes people want to have sex

baby food

noun

special food for babies that has been cut into small pieces and cooked so that it is soft and smooth

base

noun

a food or substance that is the main food or substance to which other things are added

burnt offering

noun

food that someone has burnt by mistake

carbohydrate

noun

a food that contains carbohydrates

comfort food

noun

food that you enjoy very much and often eat when you are feeling sad

confectionery

noun

sweet foods such as sweets and chocolates

convenience food

noun

food that is quick and easy to prepare such as food that has already been cooked and only needs to be heated. Fast food is food that you can get quickly in a restaurant.

creole

adjective

creole food has the typical strong flavour of food from the southern US and usually contains tomatoes, peppers, onions, and rice

dairy

noun

dairy products

dairy

adjective

dairy products include milk and foods that are made from milk, for example butter and cheese

delicacy

noun

a rare or expensive type of food

dry goods

noun

goods such as tea, coffee, and flour that contain no liquid

fast food

noun

food that is made and served very quickly, especially food such as a burger that you can take away with you

Frankenfood

noun

food that has been genetically modified

garnish

noun

something that you add to a dish of food to make it look more attractive

goodies

noun

things that are nice to eat, such as cakes and chocolates

health food

noun

food that is good for you because it does not contain artificial substances

iron rations

noun

a supply of emergency food, especially food for the armed forces

junk food

noun

food that is not healthy because it contains a lot of fat, salt, and sugar

macrobiotic

adjective

macrobiotic foods are considered healthy because they consist of grains, seeds, fruits, and vegetables produced without adding chemicals

meat

noun

the flesh of an animal or bird eaten as food

munchies

noun

small things to eat

nibbles

noun

small pieces of food eaten at social events with drinks, for example crisps and nuts

non-dairy

adjective

non-dairy foods are not made from milk or cream

non-vegetarian

adjective

non-vegetarian foods contain meat or other parts of animals

novel food

noun

a type of food that has not been eaten before, including genetically modified substances and products that lower cholesterol: used especially in government documents

nutraceutical

noun

a food or natural substance that people eat in order to feel more healthy

offal

noun

the organs of animals that are eaten as food, for example the kidneys or liver

pap

noun

very soft food for babies or people who are too ill to eat ordinary food

perishables

noun

food that is perishable

produce

noun

fruit, vegetables, and other things that farmers grow

savory

the American spelling of savoury

savoury

noun

a small piece of food that tastes of salt or spices and is not sweet. Savouries are usually served at parties as snacks.

seafood

noun

fish and shellfish that you can eat

slop

noun

food that is not thick or solid enough and has no taste

slow food

noun

meals which are carefully prepared using traditional cooking methods and good quality food and are intended to be eaten and enjoyed slowly

soul food

noun

food that is traditionally eaten by black people in the southern US

staple

noun

an important product, especially a food, that people eat or use regularly

staple diet

noun

the main food or foods that a person or animal eats regularly

stodge

noun

food that is heavy and makes you feel too full

superfood

noun

a food that is considered to be very good for your health and that may even help some medical conditions

vegetable

noun

a part of a plant used as food, for example a potato, bean, or cabbage

vegetable

noun

relating to or produced from vegetables

veggie

noun

a vegetable

wholefood

noun

food that does not contain artificial substances and has not been treated to make it look better or last longer

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