Various foods

This is a categorically-organized list of foods. Food is any substance consumed to provide nutritional support for the body.[1] It is produced either by plants, animals, or fungi, and contains essential nutrients, such as carbohydrates, fats, proteins, vitamins, and minerals. The substance is ingested by an organism and assimilated by the organism's cells in an effort to produce energy, maintain life, or stimulate growth.

Note: due to the high number of foods in existence, this article is limited to being organized categorically, based upon the main subcategories within the Foods category page, along with information about main categorical topics and list article links.

List of foods

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Basic foods

Baked goods

Main article: List of baked goods

Baked goods are cooked by baking, a method of cooking food that uses prolonged dry heat.


Various leavened breads


  • Cereals – True cereals are the seeds of certain species of grasses. Maize, wheat, and rice account for about half of the calories consumed by people every year. Grains can be ground into flour for bread, cake, noodles, and other food products. They can also be boiled or steamed, either whole or ground, and eaten as is. Many cereals are present or past staple foods, providing a large fraction of the calories in the places that they are eaten.

Dairy products

Edible plants

Further information: Plant-based diet

Edible fungi

Commercial cultivated Japanese edible mushroom species

Edible nuts and seeds

Raw mixed nuts
Rice is the seed of the monocot plants Oryza sativa (Asian rice) or Oryza glaberrima (African rice). Pictured is a mixture of brown, white, and red indica rice, (also containing wild rice).
Many seeds are edible and the majority of human calories comes from seeds,[9] especially from cereals, legumes and nuts. Seeds also provide most cooking oils, many beverages and spices and some important food additives.


A selection of various legumes






Staple foods

Prepared foods

For a more comprehensive list, see Lists of prepared foods.


Zakuski are a type of hors d'oeuvre


Three condiment relishes here accompany Nshima (top right)


Convenience foods

Dehydrated shredded potatoes are a convenience food


Dips, pastes and spreads

Guacamole is an avocado-based dip

Dried foods


Fast food

Fermented foods

Lassi is a fermented food prepared from yogurt, water and mango pulp

Halal food

Kosher food



An apple pie




Sauce poivrade being prepared, one of many types of sauces

Snack foods

"Gorp" ("good old raisins and peanuts") is a classic trail mix and snack food


Matzo ball soup


See also

Food Drink Beer
Wine Liquor Coffee
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