Sunday, January 14, 2007

Butter, Coconut Oil On 'Healthiest Foods' List

Not another drab food book, Bowden highlights the very best

Eat this food, it'll make you healthy. Oh, wait a minute, that was yesterday's news. Actually, make sure you DON'T eat this food because it's not as good for you as we previously thought. Don't worry because we may change our minds again tomorrow, though, so keep checking back!

Do you find your head spinning round and round at all the relentless health claims you hear bantered about in the news just about every single day? Who among us has the time to keep up with it all? Do we really care?

While the information that comes out about the latest research on the various foods we eat can sometimes be humorous in its perplexing contradictions, the sincere desire by most people to eat right for the sake of maintaining their weight and health is certainly no laughing matter to them.

Especially for those tens of millions of Americans who suffer from health threats such as obesity, diabetes, cancer, and heart disease, among other things, getting the right information about what to eat could very well mean the difference between living a few years longer or dying a tragic premature death.

This is a sobering thought that should be seriously examined by all those who are in charge of providing health information in America. Enough with all the hyperbolic innuendo every time a new study about the healthy benefits of a new food comes out!

All we want is to be told the truth about what foods are genuinely good for us, not constantly spoon-fed more of the same old mumbo jumbo garbage science we often hear from the plethora of company-financed studies from those who have a vested interest in a specific outcome. There's a reason why they pour millions of dollars into this supposedly impartial undertakings--profits at the hands of the public's ignorance!

Can't somebody (ANYBODY!) just come up with an unbiased and reliable resource for solid nutritional information that the average person can use to determine what they should be eating for optimum health with no pretenses, just the unadulterated truth?!

Well, that resource is finally here thanks to weight loss coach and nutrition expert Dr. Jonny Bowden who has penned his most brilliant worked to date entitled The 150 Healthiest Foods on Earth: The Surprising, Unbiased Truth About What You Should Eat and Why.

While the title may fool many people into believing this is just one big yawner of an encyclopedia-type book about food, don't be disillusioned because it is so much more than that. Bowden writes with such a personal flair for what he does borne out of his sincere passion for healthy living that he even makes discussing complex nutritional terms like flavanoids, antioxidants, and phytochemicals sound cool.

For me, just one look at the dedication page of The 150 Healthiest Foods on Earth helped me realize that Bowden didn't just flippantly throw this list of foods together in some sloppy attempt to crank out another book. Instead, he took great inspiration from the best people in his life to guide him along about what to include in this book, like his late mother, his beloved dog, his faithful companion, as well as two other women who should be very familiar to anyone who is livin' la vida low-carb--Lora Ruffer from "Low-Carb Luxury" and Regina Wilshire from the "Weight of the Evidence" blog.

Although Bowden has since backed away from his support for the low-carb lifestyle despite having written what is arguably the best book on low-carb living (Living The Low-Carb Life: From Atkins to the Zone Choosing the Diet That's Right for You), it's nice to know he has sought the assistance of some of the leading voices in the low-carb community for the right perspective on what to include in this book. THANK YOU for remembering your low-carb supporters, Jonny!

And Bowden most certainly covers the gamut in his book looking at the specific vegetables, beans, fruits, nuts, seeds, meat, eggs, fish, beverages, herbs and spices, oils, and sweeteners that are considered the very healthiest for you to consume. Page after page, you get to see the spectrum of choices available to you starting with the best in each food category. You get the good, better, and best for each food group!

But what will most likely shock a lot of people about this book is the fact there is scant mention of supposedly healthy foods we hear so much about such as soy, dairy, and grains. GASP! How can this be in a book about the "healthiest foods on Earth?" READ THE BOOK!

At the same time, Bowden includes not-so-well-known health foods like butter, macadamia nuts, eggs including the yolk, the right kind and quantity of dark chocolate, hemp seed oil, raw honey, and the saturated fat-laden coconut oil among the best for you to eat. Say what? Do you wanna know why these were included in this list? Again, READ THE BOOK!

While the user-friendly layout and vibrant pictures included in The 150 Healthiest Foods on Earth are absolutely gorgeous (kudos to the design team!), it's that signature Jonny Bowden writing style that captivates your attention from the very beginning and makes you want to keep reading what would normally be a rather drab and boring book from page one all the way to the very last page. It's almost like a dietary suspense novel because you never know what you're gonna discover next!

I'm anxiously awaiting all of the so-called health "experts" to start coming out of the woodwork blasting away at this book for promoting some hidden agenda. But too bad for them they won't have a leg to stand on because every single food included in these 360 pages is completely backed up by some of the most compelling evidence you will find anywhere. Credit Bowden for doing his homework.

There's a lot that can be learned from someone who can clearly explain what "grass-fed" means for beef, "free-range" means for eggs, and "organic" which is being put on just about everything these days. Bowden is the one who makes it all understandable and practical so that it benefits all those who read it--a real asset in our fast-paced, time-sensitive society!

In addition to the hundreds of hours he spent researching for this book, Bowden also implored the assistance of some of the world's best and brightest health advocates to compile their own top ten lists of their favorite health foods. People like Drs. Michael and Mary Dan Eades from "Protein Power," Dr. Fred Pescatore from "The Hamptons Diet," low-carb researcher Dr. Jeff Volek from the University of Connecticut, Dr. Oz Garcia, Dr. Barry Sears, and so many more are sprinkled throughout this book! It's a literal who's who in the health and nutrition world, so you won't want to miss their recommendations.

Also, as a special bonus gift for getting this book, Bowden provides a complimentary sample CD of one of his three new audiobooks called "23 Ways To Improve Your Life" which I previously reviewed at my blog. This man truly has a gift for communicating both in the written and spoken form which is a real asset considering the crisis of health we face today.

Jonny Bowden isn't just another health book author who is here today, gone tomorrow--he has made helping people live a healthier lifestyle his life's work. I'm so glad he wrote The 150 Healthiest Foods on Earth because it adds some much-needed clarity to the debate over what foods are the most healthy. After reading this book, there should be no more doubts!

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Blogger Tom Furman said...

Your blog is lots of fun. I never fail to find something interesting. The 150 foods book is something I need to review more carefully. I saw it at the book store but didn't have time to glance through it. Good luck with your future endeavors!

1/14/2007 10:06 PM  
Blogger Tracy said...

I am just going to have to get this book. I have found at least three or four doctors/websites which explain why soy and "whole grains" aren't good for you (and common sense for some ailments I have would be enough for me to understand that soy is horrible for me), why coconut oil is good for you (one Dr. who has a website insists that coconut oil is the only cooking oil he will use and says that vegetable oils are bad); and believe it or not, another one talks about why we really do not need to drink as much water as the "consensus" would have us to believe. In fact, if you aren't thirsty, why drink it at all. I would love to get ahold of some of his publications. All these things we are being told we are supposed to be eating in order to be eating "healthy" just aren't healthy really and are more marketing and politics (I think Peta and animal rights people are behind some of it--and don't think I don't love animals--I do). The powers that be though have other motives in mind other than our health. Listen to the mavericks out there. I read a speech given by Michael Crichton (author, ER and Jurrassick Park fame)in which he stated that history has always proven that it is the mavericks, the lone wolves who are correct, not the "consensus"--which is usually political anyway. Just some thoughts to consider.

1/15/2007 11:37 AM  
Blogger Science4u1959 said...

You are absolutely and one-hundred per cent right here, Tracy! There are four basic rules in science governing scientific progress:

1) Science progresses funeral by funeral; meaning that when the (fanatic) opponents of a paradigm shift have exchanged this world for a better one new ideas are finally accepted;

2) It's ALWAYS the lone, ridiculed and un(der)funded "inventor in the basement" who comes up with real progress and new ideas;

3) The peer-review system as we know it is the biggest obstacle to scientific progress these days: meaning that even "publish or perish" doesn't hold water anymore but, instead, it's more like "publish CONSENSUS papers or perish";

4) When a distinguished scientist explains to you how something works, he's probably right. When that same distinguished scientists tell you that something is impossible, he's most probably wrong.

1/15/2007 9:05 PM  
Blogger Herman King said...

The guy who says we drink too much water is wrong. (I think his name is Dr, Douglas). Proper hydration is essential.

12/08/2007 4:32 PM  

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