Earl Mindell’s ‘hot hundred foods’

Earl Mindell’s  ‘hot hundred foods’ are listed in a chapter of his 1994 book, Food as Medicine. I have owned this book since it was published and have referred to it many times over the years.

Hot100FoodsAs nutritional fads come and go, Mindell’s (R. Ph., Ph.D) hot hundred foods mostly remain the same or even more valued as research illuminates the importance of nutritious whole food in maintaining health naturally.

Mindell’s hot hundred foods are listed alphabetically, not in terms of nutritional value in each individual food or herb. You can learn that in his book. Here they are:

Alfalfa, almonds, amaranth, anchovies, apples, apricots and asparagus. Then we have bananas, barley, sea bass, beef tenderloin, black beans, blackstrap molasses, blueberry, bok choy, broccoli, brown rice, Brussels sprouts, buckwheat and bulgar.

C’s include cantaloupe, carrots, cauliflower, celery, cherries, chicken soup, chili peppers, cinnamon, cod, corn, cranberries, cucumbers and curry.

Then come dandelion greens, eggplant, flounder, garlic, ginger, grapes, grapefruit, green tea, guava, kale, kiwi fruit, kohlrabi, lemons, lentils, lettuce, mackerel, mango, milk (questionable) and mustard greens.

The alphabet foods continue with navy beans (all beans should be included), oat bran, okra, olive oil (extra virgin), onions, oranges, orange roughy, oysters.

The numerous ‘P’ vegetables in Mindell’s hot hundred foods are papaya, parsley, parsnip, peaches, pears, peas, peppers (red), popcorn (not microwaved), pork loin, potatoes, prunes, psyllium and pumpkin.

We continue with quinoa (I knew nothing about it in 1994, but today it is a superfood substitute for gluten- loaded modern grains), raspberries, red kidney beans, red snapper, rhubarb and rosemary.

Salmon comes next, as well as sardines, Shiitake and Reishi mushrooms, spinach, strawberries, sweet potatoes, tangerines, tofu (bean curd), tomatoes, trout, tuna, turkey and turnips.

We finish Mindell’s hot hundred foods with venison, watermelon, wheat bran, wheat germ, whole wheat pasta, wine, winter squash and yogurt.

Remember, much has changed and been learned since Mindell wrote his excellent book (which can be obtained through Amazon).

Conventional food crops have been increasingly soaked with pesticides, so buy or grow organic when possible. Fish is contaminated, not only with mercury, which Mindell’s book warns about, but with radiation from Fukushima and many other pollutants that are always increasing.

Wheat has been so manipulated that gluten intolerance is almost an epidemic and whole grain lacks the value it once had.

Unnatural genetically modified foods with their additives are creeping into our food chain, and processed foods containing them are everywhere in the grocery aisles.

So educate yourself on nutrition and its many sources. It may prove to be the most important education you and your family will ever obtain.