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Book Review "The 150 Healthiest Foods on Earth" by Jonny Bowden March 28, 2008

Filed under: Books — motherofpearls @ 9:59 pm
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I am a HUGE bibliophile! I simply adore books and reading anything and everything, so you’ll be seeing alot of relevant book reviews here. You may have noticed the Amazon link in the sidebar for a recent favorite read of mine. I discovered this book, The 150 Healthiest Foods on Earth: The Surprising, Unbiased Truth About What You Should Eat and Why when my firstborn Pearl and I took a trip to see my sister. She had this little gem on her coffee table and I read it cover to cover while I was there! She was sweet enough to gift me with my own copy at Christmas!

For starters, I liked its’ organization, format and readability. It is organized into the major food categories: vegetables, grains, beans and so on as well as more specialized subsets like herbs & spices, oils, and sweeteners.  Each of the 150 items is well summarized in a one or two page spread with some temptingly pretty images. Each food has several concise paragraphs with a bolded headline to give you a quick at a glance summary.  Interjected in between the various categories are some nice Top Ten summaries as outlined by other health professionals with lots of interesting content in there as well.

I learned a great deal from this book and found many concrete facts to dispel myths about foods that have long had a “bad rap” in the healthy food world. Take coconut, for example. Long maligned because it contains saturated fat, Bowden contends that coconut and coconut oil are superfoods and that they are some of the “most healthy, amazing things you can ingest.” He cites studies that follow Pacific Islanders whose diets are high in coconut oil and found that they were “surprisingly free from cardivascular disease, cancer, and other degenerative diseases.” WOW! And there’s hundreds more tidbits like that contained in the book.

 Bottom line, this book is a tremendous resource for guiding us in making healthier food choices in using fresh and unprocessed foods that are easily available to us and gives us the very compelling and easy to understand reasons why!


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