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The 150 Healthiest Foods on Earth: The Surprising, Unbiased Truth about What You Should Eat and Why

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A complete guide to the healthiest foods you can eat - and how to cook them!Why get your nutrients from expensive supplements when you can enjoy delicious, nourishing foods instead? From almonds to yucca, readers will find out what nutrients each of the 150 featured foods contains, what form contains the most nutrients, if it's been recommended to combat any diseases, wher ...more
Paperback, 360 pages
Published January 1st 2007 by Fair Winds Press
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Aug 20, 2008 Andromeda rated it liked it
This book, like most of its kind, creates a kind of crisis of indecision in me. On one hand, the "list" of healthy foods with their accompanying glamor shot photos is very appealing. As you read, you can check off in your mind what you are already doing right (ooooh, artichokes have tons of fiber! I love artichokes), and what new items you can add that you never considered (who knew sunflower seeds on my salad will lower cholesterol and fight heart disease?). This kind of information is encourag ...more
Sep 09, 2009 Monica rated it liked it
There's a lot of interesting information here; nothing revolutionary -- stop the presses: broccoli is good for you -- but the scientific info about why was compelling.

However this guy loses all credibility when he devotes a chapter to hating on tap water and for saying we should only drink milk straight from the teat. I can't work with that.
Jun 24, 2011 Tina rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
A nice reference work to flip through when you want to learn how amazing food is and to feel good about what you're putting in your body. I don't think this book was meant for reading straight through, though that's what I did with it; if you do the same, be prepared that you're gonna encounter some repetition -- since this is structured as a reference, he basically explains every nutrient every time he mentions it.

Bowden is clearly privileged and not always aware of it; he talks about things l
Jan 10, 2013 Rachelle rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction, rereads
This is a fantastic book to keep on your kitchen table and skim through during meals.

Bowden's book is easy to understand, straightforward, and has an upbeat focus on the benefits of eating healthy (rather than condemning the reader or going too much into the doom-and-gloom associated with certain foods). Its simple format will motivate the reader to continue healthy eating habits as well as start new ones. There's such a great variety of foods mentioned in here, that I'll bet even the most unhea
Mar 22, 2015 Ashley rated it really liked it
I wish I could compare this book to others in the industry, but I don't really have a frame of reference. My purpose in reading this book was to learn about some different foods that aren't part of my regular diet, and probably deserve to be because of their nutritional value. So in that regard the book was very helpful and I loved all the pictures. As for the science backing up each food on the list, I can't really speak to that. The author seemed balanced about talking about both supporting an ...more
Apr 14, 2010 Natalie rated it it was amazing
About a third of the way through, I realized that it was probably more of a reference book than a sit-down-and-enjoy book, but I guess I must be a nerd because I still thought it was super! I was sad to return it to the library because already I can't remember all 150 foods. Very informative book; he refers to a hundred (or more) different studies to back-up his points for why these certain foods are the best. I liked reading the "proof" behind this guy's opinions. Although I won't be adopting a ...more
S Suzanne
Apr 26, 2013 S Suzanne rated it it was amazing
Shelves: health-and-food
My favorite and only uncle got me this as he struggled with cancer. He knew I liked healthy eating too, and had found this in his searches.

This book is better than it seems - it's not just light reading, it's light reading packed with great info on specific foods and why they are good for you. It is one of the airiest, lightest books I know while still being "good for you".

It has great caveats about why some fab food may not be right for you - which is very helpful. There can be too much of a go
Jul 12, 2010 S'ean rated it it was amazing
Here is a Doctor that promotes eating the healthiest food he can identify, my favorite part is that NOTHING in this book contains gluten. Dr. Bowden is not a Celiac (I am), however, in his quest to identify these life giving foods, the only grain he recommends is oats, although he does list Quinoa in the grains, he acknowledges that it is actually a seed. If you are interested in your health, the first step is what you eat, this is an excellent reference. Highly recommended!
Apr 24, 2012 Marlene rated it really liked it
In our quest for nutrition books for dad, I requested this one from the library at Melinda's suggestion and I loved it. He has written a nutrition book that is not light weight, but fun to read, easy to read, informative and espouses my philosophy. You know that you always have to take nutrition with a grain of salt. I'm going to buy this book.
May 12, 2012 Mimi rated it it was amazing
I could not have been more glad that I got this book. It's one of the most accurate and informative books on nutrition. I learned a lot reading it and I definitely recommend it to everyone that is trying to improve their eating habits or just be healthy. You can't go wrong with this book!
Erin Schanz
I grabbed this book at the library after a friend recommended it. It's great, so much more encouraging to read about about what I should be eating and why than books that just tell you what to stop eating. Just the motivation I needed to make some healthy changes in 2015.
Oct 14, 2012 Lonni rated it it was amazing

So insightful and well written. I learned so much about SO many foods. It's one thing to hear everyone say "eat it, it's good for you" but this book tells you exactly why and gets you super excited for your next grocery store visit!
Jan 16, 2016 Booknblues rated it liked it
Shelves: nonfiction, nutrition
As a person who enjoys food, cooking and eating, I am always intrigued with nutrition and have a special interest in healthy eating and always enjoy finding out about all the antioxidants in foods. This book was right up my alley and I am planning to use it as a tool in the future.

I liked the way that Bowden carefully explained the ways in which each food choice helps us. It did tend to be a bit repetitive but I believe that was because it is mour of a resource guide. For example someone might l
Jun 22, 2011 Tricia rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, help-me
this is definitely a need to own book!
Mike Hankins
Feb 25, 2011 Mike Hankins rated it really liked it
This is a great reference to have on the shelf, or on the coffee table.

While it's not a book you would just pick up and read through, it's a great source of information for finding great tasting foods and recipes that not only taste great, but can extend the quantity and quality of your life as well.

Written in a down-to-earth, often humorous and nonchalant style, Bowden takes us on a journey through over 150 foods, organized by type (vegetable, fruit, meat, dairy, spices, beverages, etc.) and sh
Joanne Mueller
Apr 22, 2015 Joanne Mueller rated it did not like it
I find this book lacking on many specifics to different foods. I don't feel the information in this book is up to date or reflects the entire nutritional profiles of a lot of foods. If you are looking for information on the best foods in the world this is not the book.
Apr 22, 2016 Renata rated it really liked it
This is an excellent reference book on foods that we should all be eating. It includes all the usual suspects (broccoli, cranberries, salmon) but also a number of foods that are uncommon. I plan to look some of these up in local markets soon.
Beth Manautou
Want to know exactly why the Kiwi is rated as a super-food, or what all is exactly in a banana and how it helps your body? This book is a quick reference guide that quickly gives the reader an easy to read list of facts on some of the top nutritional foods we eat or don't eat. As a mom desiring to pass on good eating habits to my growing boys, I found this book helpful and inspiring. We enjoyed using it at the table to look up interesting facts on whatever we were eating at the time. I also have ...more
David Mattauch
Sep 21, 2014 David Mattauch rated it it was amazing
Very good book on nutrition,
Most thing in this book are similar to the primal blueprint (avoid grains and processed food junk), and you'll learn a lot about different benefits.
This stuff should be taught in school :)
Mar 27, 2009 Nancy rated it it was amazing
I picked this up on the recommendation of a friend, who has had success with the author's dietary recommendations. The author presents his picks for the 150 healthiest foods, broken down by category (fruits, vegetables dairy, etc.) He presents ample data, with thoughtful analysis, to back up his recommendations. He debunks much of the hype surrounding so many foods and does not offer any exaggerated claims of his own. I found the text very readable, although I admit that about halfway through I ...more
Apr 03, 2016 Pamela rated it really liked it
I liked the layout, the premise, and the data that the author presented. I learned quite a bit, and will definitely add a few items to my juicing menu. I'll definitely read some of his other books.
Feb 03, 2016 Bryan added it
I don't agree with 100% of the suggestions, but I do agree with most of it. This will be eye opening for people who still think that fat is bad, calories are all that matter, etc.
Kat Lynch
Sep 10, 2011 Kat Lynch rated it it was ok
Shelves: eating-the-week
I don't agree with all of his theories - such as including 2-3 grain products in the whole book - and I'm immediately skeptical of anyone citing the Weston Price foundation. That said, the focus on healthy fats, fruits & vegetables is one I support.

The editing on this book is sub-par. Each food's writeup tends to be very repetitive (seriously, SHUT UP about lutein, already) both in concept and in actual text. This would be a better read if it weren't so obviously a copy-paste job in many sec
Feb 27, 2009 Leslie rated it really liked it
Good photography and nutritional information, and I like that he consults various doctors and nutritionists of both eastern and western practices. What I don't like is his annoyingly chatty, prescriptive language. He doesn't seem to take into consideration the attainability of much of the organic, locally grown, unpackaged, unpasturized foods he recommends while he's on his soapbox. Sure, we'd all love to eat only organic, local foods that don't come in packaging that fills landfills. But I don' ...more
Anne Thistlethwaite
Jun 02, 2014 Anne Thistlethwaite rated it it was amazing
Good for teaching kids about nutrition. If only I could practice what I preach.
Dave Applegate
Jan 23, 2014 Dave Applegate rated it really liked it
- Good information on the various health benefits of different foods
- Very unbiased information leaving out paleo, vegan and vegetarian politics
- Helped me craft a diet that improved my energy and quality of life
Apr 26, 2011 Melody rated it it was ok
It took me a long time to come back to this book after the tragic abuse of English in the forward ("this problem in languaging") but I sucked it up and carried on. The information is interesting, fun and probably pretty good nutritional advice. It somehow felt too 'rah-rah' to me, though. Too USA Today. Too sound-bitey. I'm a cranky devotee of Michael Pollan, and I like my food information geeky and cloaked in dense layers of information. But this was okay. It would be good for someone just star ...more
Dec 13, 2008 Sarah rated it it was amazing
Great reference book to have around. Mine was from the library of course but I'd love a copy of this book. It motivated me to eat better because it's really fun to be eating broccoli and then get out the book and read all about how broccoli is good for you. The kids liked it too. If they didn't want to eat a vegetable or certain fruit I would look it up and act really excited to see it listed in that book.
He's compiled a great list of healthy foods and made it interesting to read. Now I just ne
Aug 25, 2015 Mckinley rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, ref, food
Helpful - top 10 lists at the end of each chapter.
Sep 06, 2014 July rated it really liked it
Shelves: home-library
I love this book. And use it quite often.
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Jonny Bowden, PhD, CNS, also known as “THE ROGUE NUTRITIONIST” is a board-certified nutritionist with a master’s degree in psychology and the best-selling author of thirteen books including “The 150 Healthiest Foods on Earth”, “Living Low Carb”, and “The Most Effective Natural Cures on Earth”. He has appeared on Fox News, CNN, MSNBC, ABC, NBC, and CBS and Dr. Oz’s XM Radio and television shows as ...more
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