Word Tip: Healthy vs. Healthful

These cause confusion, because healthy seems like the naturally correct word. Plus, healthful sounds, well, a little high brow. But the word has its place.

Healthful, an adverb, is used when you’re describing the health-related advantages of a food item.

A healthful meal consists of fruits, vegetables, carbohydrates, and lean meat.

If healthful sounds awkward for your needs, use nutritious.

In addition to describing a state of well being, healthy can refer to a large amount of something.

The loss last weekend provided our team a healthy dose of reality during an otherwise stellar season.

Tom Fuszard, content writer, blog writing, pr writing, web copy



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