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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
ebook, 360 pages
Published January 1st 2007 by Fair Winds Press (MA)
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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
May 18, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 07, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Mar 05, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 11, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 19, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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!
Mar 17, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Meg Hannah
Feb 13, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Unbiased? Maybe it's fairer to say he's pretty up front about his biases and tries to keep them under control. Fairly low hype level. But any rating system of the "healthiest" foods has inherent problems. Still, there's lot of good info, presented in an engaging way.
Mar 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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!
Sep 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

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!
Apr 25, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction, help-me
this is definitely a need to own book!
Mar 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Pretty concise view of the pro-health benefits for 150 different foods.
Mike Hankins
Feb 25, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 26, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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
Dec 01, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Kat Lynch
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
Dec 13, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 07, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
May 23, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
This is an excellent book! The author gives a list of the healthiest foods. There is a list of veggies, list of fruits, list of beans and protein, list of grains, list of special foods, and a few others. It's not just a list. Each food has a few paragraphs describing WHY it's so healthy. It lists the vitamins and the diseases it helps prevent. Sometimes the author also describes how to cook the food, which is helpful. The book is bright and colorful and very easy to read. I made sure to take som ...more
Shannon Andrews
May 26, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Its good to know that most of the foods I eat are included on the list and I can attest that indeed you are is what you eat. This book have provided so much information for each and every food listed and it even satisfied your interest on what more can a food offer as beneficial it is to our body and health. Every chapter has been well written that every food has been categorized accordingly, all in all this is a good source of information likewise as every individual should know the benefits an ...more
Aug 02, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: food-and-health
over all it was nice informative book. I like the nice pictures of the different types of fruits, vegetables, and herbs.... described. each information provided was a noce summary of that particular food picture allthough it wasn't in depth information it was enough for the reader to get the point.
I enjoyed it because it was not boring with its short descriptions and you can also skip pages to read about particular food u want without missing anything. the book can be read with t h e order the
Apr 10, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
What a great, informative book about the food we eat. Jonny Bowden not only knows what he's talking about, but he sites numerous reputable sources for the arguments he makes. The other thing I really appreciated was that he always made a point to mention both the benefits and drawbacks/ counter indications (if there were any)with each of the foods listed. The old adage "You are what you eat" is proven page after page.
Kristen MacGregor
Sep 10, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good guide to those curious to know which foods are healthiest. Obviously they're mostly produce, but he does make sure to include at least a couple of things from each possible group- meats, dairy, etc. It was a good refresher as I had already learned about pretty much everything he had to say. But I can't give a low score to a book that has great nutritional information to help people improve their eating habits and their lives.
May 04, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction
Glossy pictures and brief, informative entries make this a fascinating book that I keep coming back to, both to learn more about the nutritional value of foods I love to eat and to discover other healthful products (like quinoa). The entries that form the bulk of the book are entertaining and informative and also of interest are lists from other licensed nutritionists on their Top 10 Healthiest foods. I have checked out the library copy of this multiple times. I would like to buy my own copy!
Apr 26, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, 2013
This book is more than just a list of foods you should be eating, although it is that too). He has a lot of detail about why a particular food made the list (or didn't). It's a very fast, enjoyable read, so much so I'd like to give to several family members and friends...which is why I gave it a 4 instead of a 5. I got the Kindle version and usually you can lend your Kindle book to someone for 2 weeks but this book doesn't have lending enable!

May 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: health-wellness
I was so impressed with this book. The author explained what is exactly beneficial about each of the 150 plants and any drawbacks. I was surprised how many plants protected against cancer. Also included in this book are lists from other experts in nutrition on the 10 healthiest foods they eat on a regular basis.
This book got me excited about eating healthier. To eat REAL food; whole foods with minimal processing.
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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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