nutritive value

GC: n

S: IGI – (last access: 10 June 2024); SDir – (last access: 10 June 2024).

N: 1. – nutritive (adj): late 14c., “concerned with or pertaining to the function of nourishing,” from Old French nutritif and directly from Medieval Latin nutritivus “nourishing,” from nutrit-, past-participle stem of Latin nutrire “to nourish, suckle, feed,” from PIE *nu-tri-, suffixed form (with feminine agent suffix) of *(s)nau- “to swim, flow, let flow,” hence “to suckle,” extended form of root *sna- “to swim.” Meaning “having the property of nourishing, nutritious” is from early 15c.

– value (n): c. 1300, “price equal to the intrinsic worth of a thing;” late 14c., “degree to which something is useful or estimable,” from Old French value “worth, price, moral worth; standing, reputation” (13c.), noun use of fem. past participle of valoir “be worth,” from Latin valere “be strong, be well; be of value, be worth” (from PIE root *wal- “to be strong”). The meaning “social principle” is attested from 1918, supposedly borrowed from the language of painting. Value judgment (1889) is a loan-translation of German Werturteil.

2. The contribution of a food to the nutrient content of the diet. This value depends on the quantity of the food which is digested and absorbed and the amounts of the essential nutrients (protein, fat, carbohydrate, minerals, vitamins) which it contains.

3. … the quantity and quality of nutrients found in the food item.

S: 1. Etymonline – (last access: 10 June 2024). 2. IGI – (last access: 10 June 2024). 3. TERMIUM PLUS – (last access: 10 June 2024).

SYN: nutritional value, food value, nutrient value. (depending on context)

S: TERMIUM PLUS – (last access: 10 June 2024)

CR: macronutrient, micronutrient, nutrient.