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Jonny Bowden’s “150 Healthiest Foods” Clarifies Choices
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Our perusal finds the popular nutritionist’s colorful new eating guide engaging, useful, and user-friendly
by Craig Weatherby

Jonny Bowden, Ph.D., CNS is a widely renowned and respected advisor on weight loss and nutrition, best known as the author of two best-sellers: Living the Low Carb Life and Jonny Bowden’s Shape-Up!.

He appears frequently on major television shows as a health expert, and has been featured in “The New York Times,” “The New York Post,” the “Chicago Sun Times,” and countless other publications.

We’ve long admired his scientifically informed but eminently practical approach to weight control and preventive nutrition.

As the title implies,The 150 Healthiest Foods on Earth is Dr. Bowden’s guide to the foods he considers the best to eat.

From almonds to yucca, readers will discover which nutrients and health-promoting factors each of the featured foods contains, which forms of the foods are best, and whether a food has been shown to help prevent any diseases.

3 experts on "150 Foods"
Our enthusiasm for Jonny Bowden’s latest book is shared, as evidenced by these endorsements:
  • The 150 Healthiest Foods on Earth is simply delightful!” - Christiane Northrup, M.D., author of Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom.
  • “Dr. Bowden provides a great tour through the best 150 choices.” - Mehmet C. Oz, M.D., co-author of You: The Owner’s Manual.
  • “Jonny Bowden again shows why he is one of the....” Barry Sears, Ph.D., author of The Zone.
The book is organized by food group, which makes finding foods a snap, and the at-a-glance format, filled with interesting sidebars, makes information easy to extract.

And to make it easy to pick the very healthiest foods, Jonny designates his top choices within each food category with big, colorful stars.

His research is impressive, but Jonny is adept at simplifying complex subjects. As a result, reading the book feels like a relaxed chat over a cup of chai.

It’s a beautiful book, whose crisp photos and clean layout make it a pleasure to peruse. And the content more than matches the promise of the aesthetics. In addition to the food entries, it includes three useful features:
  • “Ask the Expert” top 10 food lists from nutrition-savvy practitioners like Steve Sinatra, M.D. and Alan Gaby, N.D. As Bowden says, “The clear winners were blueberries (and other berries), spinach (and kale), nuts (especially almonds), broccoli, and wild salmon….” Interestingly, not one of the experts listed soy as a top ten choice: a subject he covers in a special soy essay.
  • A glossary of key biomedical and nutrition terms.
  • Mini-lessons on hot topics such as the glycemic index, dietary fats, and organic foods.
Vital Choice selection validated
Our review of Jonny’s book proved a gratifying experience, since almost all of our offerings appear in his list of the 150 healthiest foods in the world.

Better yet, 15 of our foods earned the big stars that indicate his very top choices (see lists, below).

The rewards for us began right in the Introduction, where he notes the important differences between the most and least desirable forms of foods, using Wild (desirable) and Farmed Salmon (undesirable) as his exemplars: because of the nutritional and purity advantages of Wild Salmon

A few paragraphs on, he starts his overview of currently hot topics with “A Short Primer on Fats: The Omega-3s,” in which he echoes our expert advisors' concern over American’s excessive intake of omega-6 fatty acids.

Later, he talks about the unique benefits of astaxanthin: the antioxidant pigment that makes wild salmon and salmon oil bright orange-red.

Vital Choice Foods* among Jonny’s Top Choices

Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Macadamia Nut Oil
Wild Alaskan Salmon (not farmed)
Tea (green, black, and white)
Other Vital Choice Foods* among Jonny’s “150 Healthiest”
Cayenne Pepper
Dark Chocolate
*All of our non-seafood items are certified organic.

Jonny’s invitation to healthy skepticism
One thing we like about Jonny Bowden is his iconoclastic attitude: one that discourages cultish allegiance to health gurus, and encourages healthy skepticism.

This tart excerpt from his website says it all:

“Years ago, there was a popular book called If You Meet the Buddha on the Road, Kill Him. It meant, basically, don't ‘follow’ anyone
be your own Buddha.”

“I believe in that. Don't ‘believe’ anything I
or anyone elsetells you about something as individual as nutrition, diet and health. Instead, try it on, see if it makes sense, and see if it works for your life.”

Jonny’s Bowden’s Rich Musical Roots
Before becoming a respected, well-credentialed expert on nutrition and psychology, Jonny studied piano with Herbie Hancock, attended Juilliard for two years, and led jazz groups in Greenwich Village for most of his teens and early twenties.

As Jonny says, he finally “settled down” to earn a Bachelor of Science degree at New York University and a Ph.D. in psychology at New York’s New School for Social Research.

Music helped put Jonny through school via his piano playing, mainly for the Alvin Ailey Dance Company and School. By chance, Jonny played for the classes Madonna took when she first hit New York to study dance.

He’s taken a slightly circuitous route to where he is now, helping people find greater health and happiness. Keep swingin', brother...

For more about Jonny, visit his website at

In short, if you want to know what to eat, and why, this thoughtful book is a delightful way to help you decide.

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