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I searched the net and I've found out that the word "food" doesn't have a plural form, much like furniture. So now I'm really confused. I read a lot and I've noticed that "foods" is still being used, and I still hear some native speakers of English say "foods". In addition to that, we can actually see it in food brands like "Kraft Foods" and "Best Foods". I would really appreciate it if someone can clear this for me.

It's actually a post of mine on Facebook and I'm not really sure if it's correct. It goes something like this: "Can you make processed foods healthier? The answer is you can't. There is no substitute for real and natural foods." When I said processed foods, I was pertaining to a group of processed food, not just one or generic, so is it correct?

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  • Yes foods is a proper word just like monies is. Sometimes it's surprising what words are used as count nouns. Did your Internet search include a dictionary such as Oxford, which lists food as a count noun and gives more than one example of foods? – AmE speaker Aug 2 '17 at 2:56
  • @adobo No, they are not both correct. One is correct for one thing and wrong for the other thing, while with the other the contrary relationship applies. You cannot use food where foods is required, nor vice versa. These are different things completely. – tchrist Aug 2 '17 at 3:06
  • I'm not really sure about that, but thanks for the tip. There are a lot of things in the internet and it's really confusing sometimes. – adobo Aug 2 '17 at 3:08
  • @tchrist Alright, it's actually a post of mine on facebook and I'm not really sure if it's correct. It goes something like this: "Can you make processed foods healthier? The answer is you can't. There is no substitute for real and natural foods." I'll check the Oxford website for those rules. – adobo Aug 2 '17 at 3:15
  • In that example, processed foods sounds to me like a reference to (the group of unnamed) specific instances, whereas processed food refers to something more generic. – Lawrence Aug 2 '17 at 3:28