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nutritious

Nutritious describes food that's good for you. Brown rice and kale are nutritious, but jelly beans, sadly, are not.

Something that provides nutrients — vitamins, minerals, and protein, for example — is nutritious. Our bodies need nutritious food to grow, heal, and stay healthy, however much we might crave tasty, non-nutritious snacks. The adjective nutritious comes from the Latin word nutritius, "that nourishes," which in turn comes from the root nutrix, "nurse."

Definitions of nutritious
  1. adjective
    of or providing nourishment
    synonyms: alimental, alimentary, nourishing, nutrient, nutritive
    wholesome
    conducive to or characteristic of physical or moral well-being
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