150 Healthiest Foods on Earth
By Jonny Bowden
I checked this book out last year after my sister brought it up in conversation. I got it from the library and pretty much read it cover-to-cover. This book is more for reference however. Bowden lists his top healthiest foods from various food groups and explains what they contain that make them healthy and the benefits one receives from eating these foods. Categories include fruits; vegetables; grains; legumes; nuts and seeds; dairy; meat, poultry and eggs; fish and seafood, specialty foods, herbs and spices, oils, and even sweeteners. Every food group/area is pretty much covered. Not surprisingly the vegetable list is the longest, with the fruit list not far behind. In some cases the food item is not so simple. A great example is salmon, since to get the health benefits, you really need to eat wild salmon. Many of the categories specify certain things to look for in the healthy food item chosen, just like the salmon.
Throughout the book Bowden also has other nutrition experts and doctors list their choices for top ten healthiest foods. It’s interesting to see how many of the same ingredients make the experts’ lists.
In some categories runners-up are also given, which helps offer even more choices of healthy foods. For fruits and vegetables it is best to choose the items on the list that are in season. This will help ensure the food has the best flavor. I like looking to the list as a guide of various foods to try to include in my meals each week.
So, if you’re looking for ingredient inspiration, look to The 150 Healthiest Foods on Earth to get super healthy ingredients into your meals.