Food is material, usually of animal or plant origin, consumed by living things to provide energy and nutrition. Liquids used for this purpose are often called drink, but the term food applies to them as well. In English, the term is sometimes used metaphorically, as in food for thought.

Table of contents
1 Basic foods:
2 Types of food:
3 Meals:
4 Food production or acquisition:
5 Food handling and preparation:
6 Nutrients in food
7 Eating and cooking utensils
8 Special substances and objects that are (sometimes) consumed
9 See also:
10 Food for animals
11 Metals as food
12 Other links
13 External links

Basic foods:

Here are some of the basic foods consumed by humans. Food for humans is mostly produced through farming or gardening, and includes animal and vegetable sources. Many people forgo food from animal sources to varying degrees; see vegetarianism and veganism.

Types of food:


Food production or acquisition:

Food handling and preparation:

Nutrients in food

  • Protein
  • Carbohydrate
  • Fat
  • Vitamins
  • Minerals
  • Phytochemicals, eg anti-oxidants, enzymes, bio-flavinoids etc.
  • Knowledge about the nutritional components, and the interactions of these components in an ideal diet is an expanding area of knowledge (see nutrition).

Eating and cooking utensils

Special substances and objects that are (sometimes) consumed

See also:

See: Geography and foods,

Food for animals

Animals may be served their food in a manger. See also Nativity.

Metals as food

Other links

External links