Natural Foods

Natural foods have been shown to have wide-ranging health benefits. Read up on some of the most popular natural foods and their characteristics.


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What Makes a Food 'Natural'?

The FDA needs your help to define a term that currently means whatever a food manufacturer wants it to mean.

20 Healthiest Foods Pictures

What are the world's healthiest foods? These nutrient-packed items should be part of every day diet. Try our 20 healthiest foods!

Edible Cactus: Natural Food

Edible cactus is also known as nopales, nopalitos or cactus pads. Learn more about the edible cactus in this article.

Asian Pear: Natural Food

Asian pears are cousins to the pears that are typically seen in grocery stores, but this fruit is similar to an apple and its many names reflect that characteristic. Learn more about the Asian pear in this article.

Passionfruit: Natural Food

The passion fruit has a brittle, wrinkled purple-brown rind enclosing flesh-covered seeds, something like a pomegranate. Learn more about the passion fruit in this article.

Pear: Natural Food

Pears (Pyrus communis) are a pome fruit relative of the apple. Learn more about pears in this article.

Plantains: Natural Food

Plantains resemble bananas but they are longer in length, thicker skinned, and starchier in flavor. In most countries, plantains are used more like a vegetable than a fruit. Learn more about plantains in this article.

Plum: Natural Food

The plum is a drupe — a pitted fruit — related to the nectarine, peach, and apricot, but it is far more diverse than its relatives, coming in a wider range of shapes, sizes and especially skin colors. Learn more about the plum in this article.

Tubers: Natural Food

Tubers come in varieties of roots such as Yucca Root, Jicama, Sunchoke, Taro Root, and Water Chestnut. LEarn more about these roots in this article.

Legumes: Natural Food

Black beans, lima beans and black-eyed peas and other legumes are quite good for your health. What can these seeds do for you?

Avocado: Natural Food

Once upon a time, dieters avoided the avocado like the plague due to its fat content. Despite its bad reputation, the avocado is actually one of the most heart-healthy foods around. And it's delicious, too!

Cucumbers: Natural Food

Cucumbers are known as one of the lightest and most refreshing fruits around. In fact, that old "cool as a cucumber" cliche isn't a joke at all.

Raisins: Natural Food

Raisins serve up sweetness with all the nutrients of grapes. How can these little dried-up delights keep you healthy?

Fall Fruits Produce Guide

There are many different types of fall fruits. Take a look at the nutritional value of fall fruits and get recipe ideas with this produce guide.

Herbs: Rosemary Fact Sheet

Herbs are a wonderful, natural solution for treating many common illnesses. Learn more about the power of rosemary and see how you can incorporate more of it into your diet.

Broccoli Rabe: Natural Food

Broccoli rabe is a good source of vitamin C and iron. See the best ways to cook broccoli rabe and what to look for when shopping.

Chestnuts: Natural Food

Chestnuts are a good source of vitamin C. Learn about the nutritional information of chestnuts and how to prepare them.

Clementine: Natural Food

Clementines are great for vitamin C. See how to select clementines and how to best use clementines in the kitchen.

Cranberries: Natural Food

Cranberries are a healthy, weight-loss food with many benefits. Learn about the nutritional value and uses for cranberries.

Kumquats: Natural Food

Kumquats are a unique fruit. Learn about the nutritional value of kumquats and how to best use them in the kitchen.

Pomegranates: Natural Food

Pomegranates are a source of iron and you can eat their seeds. Learn about how to choose pomegranates and their nutritional value.

Salsify: Natural Food

Salsify can be eaten alone or in a stew. Learn about the nutritional value of salsify and how to prepare it.

Snow Pea: Natural Food

Snow peas are an excellent source of vitamin C. Learn how to select, store and use snow peas.

Tangerine: Natural Food

Tangerines are a great addition to salads and poultry. Learn about the nutritional value of tangerines and how to best eat them.

Dry Beans and Peas: Natural Weight-Loss Food

Beans and peas are high in fiber, low in fat and packed with lean protein. Exploding with vitamins and minerals, beans and peas are a natural way to slim down and stay healthy. Discover how you can add beans and peas to your diet.