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I've been looking around the Internet. Some websites say that foods is incorrect but others say it is correct.

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closed as general reference by aedia λ, RegDwigнt Feb 17 '12 at 22:13

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Food in its commonest sense is a non-countable noun, with all the effects of that. It's already a plural. You would eat "some food" not "a food". You would say "less food" not "fewer foods".

However, there is a less common usage where "a food" means "a type of food":

"Cheese is a food made from milk"

... and in this form, you can pluralise it ...

"Italy is the source of many delicious foods -- pizza, pasta, salami, biscotti..."

For comparison, think of "a people" - Are there meta-plurals beyond "peoples"?

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nice explanation +1 –  TofeeqAhmad Feb 17 '12 at 10:49
I had a fancy for starting posts and comments with "Peeps," wherever such lingo was tolerated. "Peoples!" doesn't have quite the same ring to it. –  Kris Feb 17 '12 at 10:52
Thanks, which means when we are talking about multiple different number of food, we can use foods? –  Matt_K Feb 18 '12 at 3:32

Kraft Foods ... Lots of byspels of the plural for foods. It's common and correct.

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