Positive and negative words connected to food and dining

FCE Result Unit 8

Brainstorm positive and negative words connected to food and dining, for instance words that you could have used in the Part Two tasks above. 

Positive

Negative

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Compare with the answer key.
Positive and negative words about food Suggested answers

Positive

Negative

Not clear

(fresh) fruit

addictive

aroma/ aromatic

authentic

balanced diet

connoisseur

crisp (adj)

crunchy

delicious

detox

exotic

farmer’s market

filling

fresh

freshly baked

fusion

gourmet

healthy

hearty

home cooked

juicy

lip smacking

local

low fat foods

mature

Mediterranean diet

melt in your mouth

mineral

more-ish

mouth watering

nutritious

olive oil

organic food

piping hot

protein

ripe

satisfying

simple

soul food

speciality

steamed

sweet

tasty

traditional

vegan food

vegetables

vegetarian

vitamins

well presented

yummy

(deep) fried

artificial additives/ colours/ flavours/ preservatives/  sweeteners

binge

bland

boil in the bag

burnt

cholesterol

convenience stores

disgusting

dodgy stomach

eating at your desk

eating disorders (anorexia, bulimia, etc)

empty calories

fast food

fattening

food poisoning

greasy

heavy indigestion

high fat foods

inauthentic

junk food

left standing around

lukewarm

messy

microwave meals

mould/ mouldy

mushy

obesity

off

oily

overdone/ overcooked

overeating

overindulge

overripe

rabbit food

ready-made

reheated

revolting

salty

saturated fats

sickly (sweet)

skipping meals

slimy

smelly

snacking

stink/ stinky

stomach ache

sugar

tasteless

touch

TV dinners

undercooked

vending machines

yoyo dieting

yucky

bitter

cheap

chewy

complex carbohydrates/ starch

expensive

fancy posh

foreign

frozen food

interesting

own brand

raw

rich

savoury

sour

spicy

staple food

sticky

street food

typical

Are there any which you think should be in another section? Is that sometimes because of cultural differences?

Think of two foods or drinks where one of the words above is the similarity or difference, then also mention the other side (i.e. the differences or similarities too). 

Useful phrases
Similarities Contrasting Comparing
and… does too

both… and…

… and… are similar because…

A similarity between… and… is…

whereas

but

In contrast

A difference between… and … is…

Only…

 

(much/ quite a lot/ a bit)… er than…

(much/ quite a lot/ a bit) more/ less… than…

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