We enjoy reviewing books at 3FC, but we always love it when we find a book that we will keep as a reference. The 150 Healthiest Foods on Earth: The Surprising, Unbiased Truth About What You Should Eat and Why is a real treasure for anybody trying to improve her health, and it's equally delicious for those of us that are just plain foodies. Author Johnny Bowden gets down to the details of food, and tells us exactly what is great about each of these 150 finds, and how we can make the most of our meals. The book is also fully illustrated - simply, but so effective that we can almost taste the food he's writing about.
The basics of the book are easy to understand. Simple, but smarter choices can make a huge impact on our health. Eating better can extend our lives, fight off disease and illness, and improve our general well being. Bowden has listed general handy information about what the foods are good for, as well as much needed information such as vitamin and nutrient information. He even tells us when we can get the same benefit from a supplement, or if we can improve the food by eating it raw versus cooked.
Here's some fun trivia we picked up :
- Artichokes are great if you have digestive problems. You can consume the extract, or eat the whole vegetable for a low calorie, high potassium dish.
- Worried about lung or esophageal cancer? Broccoli is a cancer fighter as well as a nutritional powerhouse.
- Suffer from PMS, bloating, or high blood pressure? Try some dandelion root in a stir fry, or a salad.
- Wild Alaskan salmon is practically a different food than farmed salmon.
- 'Sprouts' are a baby plant. When you eat these, you frequently get the same amount of nutrients that comes in the whole, mature plant.
- One cup of lentils provides iron, 18 g of protein, and 16 g of fiber.
- Blueberries lower cholesterol, prevent arterial plaque, improve night vision, prevent mental deterioration, improve memory, and they're loaded with antioxidants and anti-inflammatories.
- Kiwi works as a blood thinner, without the effects of aspirin.
It's facts like these that help us pay more attention to the quality of the food that we eat. If we put a little effort in to studying this book that Bowden has very thoughtfully put together, we're much more likely to learn to love foods that we need, rather than just grabbing 'whatever'. Feed your body what it needs, and it will give something back in return. A body fed healthier food won't crave as much junk, and will feel properly nourished. We can reap the benefits with a feeling of satisfaction, as well as energy and vitality - which we think is an important key to successful weight loss as well as maintenance. This book is a keeper!