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, where to find it, how to prepare it, and how much to eat - plus wonderful recipes using these sometimes obscure foods! Indexes by nutrient, by disease, and by food make finding what you need a snap, and the at-a-glance format makes the information as easy to digest as the foods themselves.

Customer Reviews:

  • Good Info
    This book gives nutritional information on foods that I need to incorporate into my diet as well as how to best prepare the foods for maximum benifit. It also helps me plan my shopping based on my personal needs....more info
  • 150 Healthiest Foods on Earth
    I was very happy with this book. It came recommended by two friends of mine and I have recommended it to several friends who love it. We all have read it and use it now as a reference book. Eating right is very important and I found this book keeeps me on the right track. Thank you Amazon for the good price and delivery. RF...more info
  • Healthiest Foods
    This is an excellent resource with an incredible amount of information about the foods we should be eating. Naturally, there were many surprises to dispell misinformation....more info
  • Awesome, life-changing book
    It is wonderful to have in one collection all foods specified that you should include in your daily dietary regimen. Awesome book....more info
  • useful nutritional guide
    I recently started a back yard vegetable garden and , as a novice, was puzzling over what plants to grow. Although this book was not intended for gardeners, it has been an inspirational and very useful guide for making highly nutritional choices. (For example, I now plan to grow and eat lots of kale.) I highly recommended this book to home gardeners (and to ordinary grocery shoppers too!). ...more info
  • Great Book!!
    This book tells you all about the healthiest foods you can eat and why they are so good for you, without being boring - only 1 or 2 pages devoted to each food, but all the info is there. It actually makes you feel great about incorporating those foods into your diet. Very fun, informative book....more info
  • Butter, Coconut, Avocados and More...
    Suffice it to say that this book is an easy to read, concise guide. Handy for me and my Family to pull off the cookbook shelf for reminders and tips. I highly recommend it!...more info
  • Best reference on healthy foods
    This is an excellent book to have as a reference for healthy foods...good descriptions of health benefits and well written.....I've read over 12 books on health recently and I rate this in the top 3...........more info
  • Best nutrition book ever!!
    150 Healthiest Food on Earth is the BEST book on nutrition I've ever seen! It is full of beautiful pictures, interesting & deep research and practical suggestions tied to your own health issues. I have bought 7 copies! I keep one in my office waiting room and at least 6 of my clients have since bought the book. Also, the introductions to each food are clear enough that I read them to my very young grandchildren and they're so excited to eat foods that help them get stronger!
    Every family would enjoy a copy of this great book!!...more info
  • No Way to Whey!
    The one thing that really turned me off in this book was his proclamation that whey protein is a supreme form of protein powder. HEMP Powder, which is plant-based is far superior. Whey is extremely allergenic and is a waste-by product of the animal based curds and whey. Most of the population cannot digest it and many are allergic to it as I am.

    Excerpted from MyBodyHisTemple dot com: "Before 1960, whey was trucked to hog farms as pig feed. That was an expensive way to dispose of it, so the dairy industry began to look for other inexpensive alternatives. Many cheese manufacturers began to illegally dump whey into streams, landfills, and sewers; however, federal regulations strictly forbade this practice. Why?

    Whey is 100 to 200 times more stronger a pollutant than residential sewage, and most municipal sewerage plants cannot treat it adequately. Disposal in streams is out because whey depletes waterways of oxygen, thus rendering them incapable of supporting marine life. Disposal on unused land or gravel pits is often unsuitable because of seepage into water supplies. (Ibid. 328.)

    With solutions dwindling for the inexpensive disposal of whey, the dairy industry finally discovered an innovative resolution. You're going to love this! Straight from the Los Angeles Times on December 4, 1978, we read, "The solution hit upon by both industry and government is to apply high technology and sophisticated marketing techniques and feed the stuff to humans."

    It worked before! The meat and dairy industry collaborated to bring us the poisonous four food groups with their advertising campaigns and education programs. Why not use the same strategy for whey? This stuff is too toxic for sewers, but not for the American people! They'll eat anything! Let's promote it as a health food and put it in everything from Twinkies to margarine. Hey, let's even put it in baby food! We can even put it in protein drinks for kids, like Ovaltine. Check your food labels and you will be surprised what else contains whey.

    Whey is a noxious, mucus-forming protein!" (from My Body His Temple)

    for more information visit notmilk dot org or mybodyhistemple dot com.

    There is some good information in this book but nothing new that hasn't been touted in many vegan and vegetarian books. The inclusion of Whey as a superior source of protein is enough to make me return the book and give it a 1 star for stating the obvious on the fruits and vegetables and including a noxious substance such as whey over Hemp or Pea protein or even Rice protein for goodness sakes, the author should know better!...more info
  • A guide to eating healthy
    The 150 Healthiest Foods on Earth is one of the best books I've ever read and very educational. Excellent reading and it confirms a lot of the foods I have been eating for quite sometime. I always learn something new and it was very entertaining also.
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  • WOW!
    This is the most interesting and amazing book I've ever read! What a wealth of good information and facts that can help you eat better and shop smarter. My husband and I have been reading two sections at a time, out loud, with our coffee every morning and have learned so much about choosing foods that build health and what to avoid so as not to ruin health. The writing style is fun and enjoyable, and when we're done reading it, we'll start all over again, since we'll have forgotten most of it by then. In the meantime if anyone wants a great informative read, this is the one. ...more info
  • 150 Healthiest Foods on Earth
    This book is great. It's laid out well and it's very easy to understand. I keep it in the kitchen as a refrence book before I go shopping. As a result I have lost 5 pounds in about 10 days. I'm quit sure that the long term effects will be priceless....more info
  • Amazing book!
    This book is amazing! It is filled with tons of useful information. The book is very user freindly and well organized. The pictures are beartiful! I consider myself well versed in nutrition and healthy foods (I am currently pursuing a degree in nutrition)and there was a lot of information that I knew, but there was also a lot that I was not aware of and I was so excited to learn more about these amazing foods. The book is well written and I felt like it was presented in an unbiased manner. I highly recommend this book to anyone who cares about what they put into their body. I love this book. I hope his natural cures book is as good as this one - I've been meaning to check it out. This book is worth it's weight in gold!...more info
    I love this book. Not only is it inviting, with it's glossy pages, big print and beautiful pictures of each food being discussed, it has valuable information in it that is easy to understand. I have done a lot of readying about how I should eat and I was shocked to find a book that agreed with every single thing that I have come to believe. Each section gets to the bottom line, and doesn't beat around the bush. It especially impressed me with what he said about eating grains, dairy or soy. That he had the guts to tell the truth. I was so thrilled to have confirmation on the things I have come to believe about healthy eating. ...more info
  • A Fantastic Resource for Your Health
    About 60% of the foods in this book I already knew were healthy for you, but that remaining 40% is what makes this book worth it. Whether you are a novice on healthy foods or you are an expert, this book is a handy and very easy to read reference. ...more info
  • awesome book
    I absolutely love this book. It has met my expectations. The colorful pictures add to the books wide array of info.I have been researching on health and nutrition for some time now and I've read many books. This book qualifies as a great source for informing you healthy foods. Thanks for offering the product online. Your site has great values and you deliver....more info
  • The 150 Healthiest Foods On Earth
    The best book I have read in this subject matter. I have given this book to friends and family who eat very poorly and all of them have loved it. They have thanked me and are all trying to eat a lot better. are what you eat. You won't go wrong in buying this book. ...more info
  • Two Thumbs Up
    "The 150 Healthiest Foods on Earth" is a carefully researched, well written book. The author gives you the complete nutritional lowdown on each of the 150 foods included in the book. A number of the 150 foods have a star at the beginning of the article on them, signifying that according to Jonny Bowden they are nutritional superstars (the best of the best).

    The book includes chapters on vegetables, grains, beans, fruits, nuts, seeds, and nut butters, soy, dairy, meat, poutry and eggs fish, specialty foods, beverages, herbs and spices, oils and sweetners. It is chock full of useful nutrition information for those wanting to use food to prevent or help heal various diseases.

    The author is careful to accurately state the facts about the nutritional benefits of each healthiest food included in the book. Bowden always backs his assertions about the health beneifts of each food with the scientific research that supports the food's health benefits. He is also quick to point out where certain excellent foods have been hyped to work miracles that they can't possibly preform. Bowden calls a spade a spade. He also has a good sense of humor.

    While there is no recipe section in the book, the author gives many suggestions for ways to "simply" use each healthiest food. His suggestions are very uncomplicated and really doable. ...more info
  • A fascinating book full of INCREDIBLE information!
    If you are at all interested in nutrition, this book will fascinate you. It is beautifully researched and a veritable encyclopedia of the most interesting information on the foods that are most good for you. Even if you know a lot about the nutritive values of food, you will find tons of facts that you didn't know before -- why something is good for you, how it is good for you, how to buy it, prepare it and eat it to get the most from it. Moreover, it is beautifully designed, printed on really nice glossy paper and with great full-color photographs. Really a very very well-done book. Most highly recommended!!...more info
  • Great book
    It is an amazing book full of info about basic food that we should all eat.
    Great source of inspiration. ...more info
  • 150 healthiest foods.
    Brilliant book for anyone wishing to know more about what they put in their mouthes, and it will certainly open your eyes to what is considered healthy and what not, as there may be a few surprises in there for some people....more info
  • Brilliant, informative, entertaining
    Jonny Bowden turned me on to nutrition (I'm currently working on a degree), and even if The 150 Healthiest Foods was utter crap I would still list its good qualities.

    Fortunately, the book is quite good. Please don't dismiss it as one of those encyclopedic tomes full of food facts that never leave the bookshelves save for the occasional quick hit of information. Nor is The 150 Healthiest Foods a pretty, colorful picture book, even though the pictures are quite appealing.

    Even if you're familiar with the foods listed here - even if you grew them and ate them and can recite every known fact about them - you will still learn a ton. Even when he delves into complex biochemistry, Jonny's accessible, engaging writing style manages to remain chatty and entertaining. He doesn't condescend or bore.

    Some readers question why certain foods appear here and others don't. Jonny is whip-smart and researches extensively, and The 150 Healthiest Foods evolved from the latest, most thorough scientific research.

    But my words don't do justice. Visit to read samples from this fabulous book, and get to know this remarkable man. He can change your life.

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  • Sweet Potatoes are Good for your Blood Sugar
    I used the "look inside" feature to read the first two pages of this book and was startled to see that the author recommended that people with blood sugar concerns avoid sweet potatoes. The opposite is true! Sweet potatoes are low on the glycemic index. They are quite high in fiber and nutrients. After seeing such a glaring error, I wouldn't be able to trust the content of this book....more info
  • Helpful, Informative and Beautiful Book
    Most of the info is common sense, but there are a few surprises. Besides, this book is very high quality, with glossy pages and beautiful pictures (even ugly foods look appetizing). The appearance of the book alone is worth buying it. But you will learn alot too, and those photos will make you want to go out and buy those foods and try them!...more info
  • Good Book
    My sister introduced me to this book and I enjoyed the information. It's great to be able to know which foods are healthiest and it also includes information regarding which foods are best to buy organic.

    Although this is not a cookbook, it would have been great if a basic recipe would have been included with each food, perhaps from one of the experts quoted in this book. I would love to try all these foods but lack the knowledge on how to prepare most of them, especially the vegetables.

    Other than that, this was a very informative book....more info
  • A noteworthy book
    The book presents many major natural foods but some are not common in some countries. The descriptions are good in general. The paper quality is good. Pictures, font sizes and types are appropriate. The contents are well presented. The CD at the back of the book contains very little information, don't expect too much from it....more info
  • Required Reading for Everyone
    I bought this for myself, but my college-aged son was home for winter break and he read it constantly while he was home and took it back to school with him.

    Fun to read and very informative, it's a must-have reference for anyone who eats!...more info
  • Great Book!
    For me, this is the best book Jonny has written. Packed with info in an easy to understand format, I reference this regularly, and have sent copies to family. Lets you know what foods to eat for optimum health, and the reasons why. If you believe that eating a healthy diet limits you to a few bland, unappealing foods, read this and learn otherwise. Eating for health can be fun and delicious. Typically health books are not the type that you pick up and can't put down, but this one is. You will not be disappointed....more info
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    The 150 Healthiest Foods on Earth: The Surprising, Unbiased Truth About What You Should Eat and Why I enjoy this book so much that telling friends and family about it I have ordered more to share with friends and family....more info
  • read before swallowing
    if one cares about whatever enters the body through the mouth, one must read this displays the writers knowlege of the value of eating , it gives a veraiety of scientific back ups and the best is his belief in eating right
    = living a good life ...more info
  • Worth Reading . . .
    Well, if I am going to start eating more heathfully (and that IS the plan), then I need to make well-informed food choices--and this book is a big help in that. The author analyzes foods by category: fruits, vegetables, grains, beans and legumes, nuts and seeds, soy foods, dairy, meat and poultry/eggs, fish and seafood, "specialty" foods (like sea vegetables and whey protein powder), beverages, herbs and spices and condiments, oils, and sweeteners. It even comes with a CD that I haven't watched yet. This one gets four starts instead of five, just for the fact that nutrition books aren't fascinating,...more info
  • The 150 Healthiest Foods On Earth--Why You Should Read This Book
    Author & Book Views On A Healthy Life!

    Book Review: The 150 Healthiest Foods on Earth (Fair Winds Press, 2007) by Jonny Bowden, Ph.D.

    Sometimes I think we're living in the dark ages rather than during a period of enlightenment. Practically all of our population can read and is educated, and should be well aware of the advantages of nutrition, exercise, and healthy living. Unfortunately, recent studies have indicated that the current situation is the exact opposite--American obesity is leading us all down the road to an overtaxed health system. Each year we see our government implement laws to improve our health. The key however is not our government. As citizens, our duty is to take control of our own health.

    The 150 Healthiest Foods on Earth by Jonny Bowden gives an overview of what we should be consuming on a daily basis. Citing recent research and experts in their fields, Bowden covers:

    * Vegetables--turnips, greens
    * Grains--quinoa, brown rice, oatmeal
    * Bean & Legumes--edamame, garbanzo beans
    * Fruits--kiwi, cherries, cranberries
    * Nuts, Seeds, and Nut Butters--almond butter, sunflower seeds, walnuts, flax seed
    * Soy Foods--natto, miso, tempeh
    * Dairy--milk, yogurt
    * Meat, Poultry, Eggs--organic, grass-fed, free running
    * Fish & Seafood--salmon, omega-3, wild, tuna
    * Specialty Foods--fermented
    * Beverages--coffee, tea
    * Herbs, Spices, and Condiments--parsley, oregano, apple cider vinegar
    * Oils--coconut, sesame, olive
    * Sweeteners--blackstrap molasses, honey

    Bowden's book covers origins of foods, their benefits, and even offers a glossary of unusual terms. The end of each chapter mentions an expert and his or her top ten foods as well.

    Did you know:

    Medium-chain triglycerides in coconut oil kill the bacterias causing strep throat, pneumonia, and sinusitis?

    Ginger may out-perform Dramamine in preventing seasickness?

    Oregano has 42 times more antioxidant activity than apples?

    Snacking on sunflower seeds offers protection against heart disease?

    Eating eggs may protect against breast cancer?

    Kids should eat wild salmon to boost their brain development?

    Unless you're a nutritionist, you certainly still have something new to learn about how foods help keep us sharp, toned, and disease-free. Educate yourself by reading Bowden's The 150 Healthiest Foods on Earth. You'll not only help yourself, but you'll put your children on the road to health for life.

    5 Stars...more info
  • Healthy Food Bible
    This book is THE BEST! The table of contents allows you to easily look up the spcific foods you're interested in. It's an easy read. It feels like the author is simply speaking to you in a very frank and direct manner. The foods that are listed in the book (for the most part) are just very normal foods. It's nothing you haven't heard of before but the book teaches you WHY it's important to incorporate these foods into your daily life. Once you understand WHY these foods are vital and how they can help you you'll be motivated to eat better and live a healthier lifestyle....more info
  • 150 healthiest foods on earth
    Excellent for the serious health nut and very educational for anyone who really wants to learn how to keep a healthy body running at it's best....more info
  • 150 Healthiest Foods on the Planet
    Although we've all been told to eat 5 to 9 fruits and vegetables a day, this book actually INSPIRES you do do so because Bowden's writing style is so engaging and easy to read. While there are other books on the market with basically the same message (eat more fruits, vegetables, and fish) this book tells you WHICH fruits, vegetables, and fish give you the most bang for your buck, nutrition-wise. Ever since I bought this book a couple of weeks ago, I've been consciously eating many of the foods described in it, and I feel better already. Reading this book almost makes one feel as though you've got your own personal coach who encourages you to eat what you should be eating, which definitely makes this book worth the money. Like I said, even though we already know what we're supposed to be eating, sometimes one needs the INCENTIVE to do so, and this books provides just that. ...more info
  • Everyone should have this book!
    This book is easy to read and understand and full of information that we all should understand about the food we're eating. Biggest surprises for me were the egg, soy and milk findings. Don't believe everything you hear about what's good and what's not until you read this book. Really valuable information....more info
  • I've Never Been So Excited About Eating My Veggies!
    We have been fascinated by this book since it arrived two days ago. I am interested in nutrition, but by no means an expert, and I found this book just right for my level of knowledge. He doesn't shy away from the science and names of the compounds that are getting all the good work done in our bodies, but he doesn't get TOO scientific to be boring or confusing.

    I found the information very much in agreement with what I've learned from various "alternative" medicine type sources, but not at all fanatical. The photos are bright and colorful. I would love for this book to also include a chart for each food summarizing the nutrients and benefits of the food, as well as some info about when the fruits and veggies are in season and how to select them.

    The best thing about this book is that it has us truly excited about trying new foods, and improving our diet!
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  • Wonderful information!
    This book makes you want to eat healthy. Jonny Bowden gives wonderful information and explains it to you so you understand. Everytime i go to the grocery store i try something new out of this book that i havent tried before....more info
  • The 150 Healthiest Foods on Earth
    Great book, very fast shipping. Real pleased with the book and the service. Thanks, L. Whaley...more info
  • Excellent resource!
    This is an incredible book. It is very accessible to the layperson and highly informative. I highly recommend it....more info
  • Easy to read and very informative
    Really great and simple premise, the sections are well thought out and informative while not running on. It's obviously not an end all for all people as certain people work better with certain foods, but it's a great starting point or refresher for everyone....more info
  • Makes healthy eating sexy
    This is one of the best books I've bought in a long time. You could probably get the raw information contained in this book off the Web with a little bit of work, but the book has huge value from the sheer energy with which it presents eating healthily. The book is beautifully produced, with lavish color photographs of each food -- page 24, for example, sports a kingly stalk of beautiful fresh green broccoli standing upright against a glossy white page, soft shadow angling off to the left, next to the sentence, "Broccoli is vegetable royalty." And Jonny Bowden writes with infectious enthusiasm about the health benefits of all the foods, so that you really feel that that handful of blueberries you're eating will keep your memory strong into old age, and that the quinoa you're cooking gives you a leg up on everyone else in terms of nutrition value in your grain.

    The one ding I'll give to the book is that it has not taken into account any considerations of the environmental impact of the food recommendations given. This turns out to be a surprisingly minor issue, but it leads to things like (for example) a recommendation of orange roughy as a good fish choice, which may be true in terms of pure health but is not ecologically sustainable.

    But the book earns a solid five stars nevertheless. A hard-boiled egg and oatmeal with frozen berries for breakfast! Yeah!
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  • Changed the way I think about food
    I received this book from a friend and it has truly changed the way I think about food. Instead of always feeling bad about the not so healthy foods that I eat, I started incorporating healthy foods from this book into my diet. In the process, the bad foods are filtered out or substituted for good ones. This is a very positive way to go about changing your habits and I've learned many great things from reading this book (Raw honey, steel-cut oats, and grass-fed beef being the most notable). I highly recommend this book and have bought it for several people as gifts. Also, I have a copy on my coffee table, and any one that has looked at it has gone home and ordered one....more info
  • A MUST for anyone into healthy living
    This is the best book I have seen on the subject! I use it like a food bible. Everyone I have showed it to, has gone out and bought a copy!...more info
  • Excellent
    This is one of the best books I have ever purchased, it's fun of facts and details for anyone interested in eating a healthy diet rich with the abundance of minerals and vitamins etc. ...more info
  • This Book Has Helped Me So Much
    The information in this book has helped me refocused my thinking about losing weight.Instead of always thinking about calories and fat grams Johnny has helped me redirect my thinking to what's healthy and good for my body.I find I'm now choosing my foods based on this valuable information.In the process I've lost 10 pounds and have more energy and feel the best I have in years. I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to refocus on their health but also lose weight and not fall into another "diet trap" The 150 Healthiest Foods on Earth: The Surprising, Unbiased Truth About What You Should Eat and Why...more info
  • Enlightening
    I have read the Coconut Oil Miracle by Bruce Fife, which was greatly enlightening, then moved on to Stevia Sweet Recipes by Jeffrey Goettemoeller and numerous other titles by their respective authors. The search to improve my diet as well as my family's will continue. One of the greatest sources that I've found thus far has been this book. The 150 Healthiest Foods on Earth is a valuable reference book and reads well, front to back. I did not struggle in my comprehension of the materials and am grateful for the resource. I intend to buy his cookbook....more info
  • another encylopedic - but not comprehensive - volume
    I continue to be sceptical about any book that purposes to suggest the best foods to eat without consideration of how they are grown. Yes, that makes things very complicated. But it's rediculous to suggest that ANY blueberry, regardless of how old it is or where it's grown, is better than, say a fresh blackberry grown on mineralized soil. Despite the best efforts of agribusiness to make it appear that way, food is not a factory product. A carrot is not a carrot is not a carrot. They vary.

    Just once I'd like to see an acknowlegement that there are thousands of other healthy foods out there, and that each of us comes equipped at birth with a remarkably accurate "nutrition tester" - our mouths. High flavor usually = high nutritive value, once you rule out artificially contrived "high flavor" (processed snacks, hot dogs, etc.) Not always, but yes, usually. So pile on the herbs and eat it fresh-picked!...more info