“Foods and drinks” or “Food and drinks”

Reply Thu 3 Dec, 2020 09:36 am
Hi guys,
I’m wondering what’s differences between “Foods and drinks” and “Food and drinks”?
And which phrase works better in this sentence “It is important to educate people about how to choose food and drinks/foods and drinks wisely”.
Thanks in advance 😍
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Reply Thu 3 Dec, 2020 10:02 am
In this particular case, I prefer "foods and drinks":

It is important to educate people about how to choose foods and drinks wisely.

But "food and drinks" is acceptable. I hear it most often in relation to a specific event. "The meeting will be held from 11:00 to 12:00. Following the meeting, food and drinks will be served."
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Reply Thu 3 Dec, 2020 12:26 pm
In the UK the term is food and drink.
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Reply Thu 3 Dec, 2020 12:30 pm
Food is a collective noun, so "food" is fine here. I'm with Izzy, I like "food and drink", but none of these are wrong.
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Reply Thu 3 Dec, 2020 02:02 pm
Yeah so either of them is ok 👍🏻

Thanks a lot for answering my question.
I truly appreciate that ❤️❤️
Reply Thu 3 Dec, 2020 08:17 pm
Internet search:
"food and drink" 374m
"food and drinks" 86m
"foods and drinks" 14m

'Foods and drinks' doesn't go down well with me.
Reply Fri 4 Dec, 2020 11:58 pm
I'm down with "food and drink". It's a set ;phrase--don't ask us to say why it is, but it is. No folk etymologies, it just is. Someone back in 1650 probably came up with a convoluted reason for it, now it's just a given phrase we absorb y osmosis not reason.
Reply Sat 5 Dec, 2020 12:50 am
NSFW Alert.

food and drink

Let's drink a toast to osmosis, which we all know is only water, which can lead to considerable diffusion.

The small intestine or small bowel is an organ in the gastrointestinal tract where most of the end absorption of nutrients and minerals from food takes place. It lies between the stomach and large intestine, and receives bile and pancreatic juice through the pancreatic duct to aid in digestion.

The small intestine has three distinct regions – the duodenum, jejunum, and ileum. The duodenum, the shortest, is where preparation for absorption through small finger-like protrusions called villi begins.[2] The jejunum is specialized for the absorption through its lining by enterocytes: small nutrient particles which have been previously digested by enzymes in the duodenum. The main function of the ileum is to absorb vitamin B12, bile salts, and whatever products of digestion were not absorbed by the jejunum.


Digested food is now able to pass into the blood vessels in the wall of the intestine through either diffusion or active transport. The small intestine is the site where most of the nutrients from ingested food are absorbed. The inner wall, or mucosa, of the small intestine, is lined with simple columnar epithelial tissue. Structurally, the mucosa is covered in wrinkles or folds called plicae circulares, which are considered permanent features in the wall of the organ. They are distinct from rugae which are considered non-permanent or temporary allowing for distention and contraction. From the plicae circulares project microscopic finger-like pieces of tissue called villi (Latin for "shaggy hair"). The individual epithelial cells also have finger-like projections known as microvilli. The functions of the plicae circulares, the villi, and the microvilli are to increase the amount of surface area available for the absorption of nutrients, and to limit the loss of said nutrients to intestinal fauna.

Each villus has a network of capillaries and fine lymphatic vessels called lacteals close to its surface. The epithelial cells of the villi transport nutrients from the lumen of the intestine into these capillaries (amino acids and carbohydrates) and lacteals (lipids). The absorbed substances are transported via the blood vessels to different organs of the body where they are used to build complex substances such as the proteins required by our body. The material that remains undigested and unabsorbed passes into the large intestine.

Absorption of the majority of nutrients takes place in the jejunum, with the following notable exceptions:

Iron is absorbed in the duodenum.
Folate (Vitamin B9) is absorbed in the duodenum and jejunum.
Vitamin B12 and bile salts are absorbed in the terminal ileum.
Water is absorbed by osmosis and lipids by passive diffusion throughout the small intestine.
Sodium bicarbonate is absorbed by active transport and glucose and amino acid co-transport
Fructose is absorbed by facilitated diffusion.

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