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Book of the Week #1: Heinerman’s Encyclopedia of Fruits & Vegetables

  • Published on: 29 December, 2016
  • Last update: 20 August, 2018

This is the very first post in my #bookoftheweek series, where I’ll be posting a new read every 7 days that I think you guys will love. I get messages asking for book recommendations all the time, so instead of making 1 long post that I’ll have to keep updating, I decided on an ever-growing series! I’m a bit of a health book collector, so I have a HUGE selection thanks to Amazon’s “used” section. I’ve snagged a majority for $5 or less, as you’ll find most titles are $0.01 + $3.99 shipping.

I’m excited about this because you guys can get different things out of these posts: a) you might see a great recommendation that you put on your ‘to buy’ list, or b) you simply learn something from my summary, add it to the knowledge vault in your mind, and don’t have to spend $$ on the whole book!

For each read, I’ll be listing a summary, my favorite thing I learned, and my favorite quote.

Book 1: Heinerman’s Encyclopedia of Fruits & Vegetables (click to view on Amazon)


Are you the type of health junkie that loves to know all the benefits of the food you’re eating? For example, when I know that apples contain a special fiber (called pectin) that binds to heavy metals, it makes me 10x more excited to eat them. This book gives you all those interesting facts and MUCH, much more.

It starts off with an index of health disorders, ranging from varicose veins to hypertension and asthma. Next to each disorder is a list of the best foods to consume & the page numbers where those foods are expanded upon. If you prefer to search the other way around, the next index includes every food you can imagine (in the order in which they appear in the book), and a list of the disorders they’re recommended for. If you see some of your major complaints next to a food, you can go read about it further on its dedicated page(s).

BUT WAIT, THERE’S MORE! No, seriously – there’s a reason I chose this book first. I love that when it comes to the section for each food, there’s not only interesting facts and benefits – there’s detailed descriptions of how to use the food in natural remedies & recipes targeted towards healing. There’s often stories about doctors and healers from different time periods, and how they liked to incorporate the food into their recommendations. For example, in the carrot section, the author mentions John Wesley who founded the Methodist church. He recommended eating boiled carrots and drinking the warm broth as a “seldom fail” remedy for relieving asthma, and said that room temperature carrot juice would have a similar effect. After another story about a wealthy woman named Mary Hogle who used carrot juice to recover from a long bout of gastrointestinal illness in 1916, we get two recipes: Miracle Carrot Soup & Protective Carrot-Cabbage Salad. They are both delicious.

Fast forward to the celery section and we see an interesting tidbit about a compound in celery stalks and seeds called “phthalide” that reduces hypertension and calms freyed nerves. Similar to Medical Medium’s celery juice wisdom, this remedy calls for celery juice taken with honey three times a day. The author then talks about meeting a researched for UCLA on a plane (Robin W. Yeaton), who told him that she lost over 30 lbs in 1.5 months by making celery her go-to snack. These stories and facts are not only fun, but they truly motivate me to eat healthy.

My Favorite Thing I Learned

I have a few favorites from this book since it’s packed with knowledge & remedies:

  • Lab rodents fed a very high-fat diet experienced a remarkable decrease in their blood cholesterol levels when fed chicory roots. Whenever deep-fried/fatty foods are consumed, drink a cup or two of chicory root tea to protect against eventual hardening of the arteries. Chicory root tea mixed with endive tea is an excellent remedy for getting rid of gallstones as well (drink twice a day in between meals).
  • Massaging your scalp and forehead with apple juice can help to lessen a headache.
  • Canadian scientists in the December 1978 issue of Applied & Environmental Microbiology found that fresh apple juice or fresh apple sauce were able to help combat stomach flu & polio viruses.
  • A brew made from boiled onion skins can be used as a hair rinse for shiny hair.
  • Yams and sweet potatoes contain simple peptide substances called phytochelatins that can bind heavy metals like cadmium, copper, mercury, and lead, leading to heavy metal detoxification.

My Favorite Quote

“Potatoes have the greatest drawing power of any vegetable I’ve ever seen. I’ve used potato slices on infected sores to help draw out the pus and infection when nothing else seems to work. I doubt you’ll find anything that works better for abscesses and wounds than this – it helps to get out the rotten stuff so people can heal faster. Throughout the years, I’ve had folks referred to me who couldn’t handle spicy food. In every instance, I’d have the person just take a small piece of raw potato no bigger than my thumb, and chew on it good before swallowing. Relief generally came to most in a minute or two. For folks with serious ulcers, I’d have them drink a cup of raw potato juice in warm water first thing every morning. For black and blue marks, I’d make a simple poultice of grated raw potato and apply it to any bruises on the skin. After leaving it there for an hour to so, the discoloration and tenderness would go down quite a bit.” – wisdom from Clothide Rousseau, a Creole healer.

Want the Book?

You can find this title used on Amazon for $4 right here!

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Hi , I will be buying this book – however it is not close to $4 in amazon 🙁 I was not able to find even a used one for less than $20… I’m Still getting it though!

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