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Book Review: 'The Beauty Detox Foods' by Kimberly Snyder, C.N.

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'The Beauty Detox Foods' by Kimberly Snyder

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"The Beauty Detox Foods" had a few up and down moments, but once author Kimberly Snyder, C.N. hooks a reader, she's got her for good.

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Cons: Her argument was not strong enough for why vegetarians and vegans should stop eating tofu. There are too many assumptions about how much tofu is eaten in vegetarian American diets versus Asian diets based on her own eating habits. If you're not a fan of seitan or tempeh, this information about soy and tofu products may be a bit of a bummer. When speaking about genetically modified organisms (GMOs), the anti-soy argument is a bit biased, in addition to quite a few "could be" and "may" arguments that seem more like assumptions.Whenever an argument against a product (in this case it's tofu, soy milk, commercial energy bars, soy burgers, soy cheese, etc.) is written, reviewing both sides and not just studies against a product is a much more useful way for a reader to make her own decisions. The argument against cow milk and other animal products was a little preachy, too, but it was more fair in its analysis.

Also, the Glowing Green Smoothie was mentioned so many times that the book started to turn into a long-form press release.

Pros: The rest of the book was useful enough to refer back to for years to come.

If you're concerned with wrinkles, dry skin, eye bags and thinning hair, she's got you covered. She didn't push off a bunch of cosmetic products. She suggested fruits, vegetables and economical skin items that the everyday person can buy. There's also a load of information about unusual items like pumpkin seeds. Even those who consider themselves healthy eaters may want to re-evaluate their grocery lists.

For those who really just don't know where to start when it comes to nutrition, she breaks down the big topics: carbohydrates (good and bad); starches; plant protein; the perks of 50 fruits, vegetables and seeds; grocery and appliance list; and over 85 recipes in the latter half of the book.

Also, the way the Glowing Green Smoothie drinks are prepared and the ingredients in them really do feel like a breakfast. Drinking Glowing Green Smoothies are a great way to get nutrients that are oftentimes ignored on a daily basis and may help with weight loss.* Pour the drink in a water bottle and you're set for the morning. The drinks are weird shades of green, but they taste much better than they look. The variety and taste of them almost made the constant plugging of the drinks worth it.

Overall the book has a lot of information so it's recommended to read in small doses.** Take in the advice. Understand the advice. Utilize it. And then move on to the next section.

* I drank the Glowing Green Smoothies and lost five pounds in a couple of weeks. I was surprised at how quickly the weight fell off. I'm highly opposed to fasting and detoxing, but Snyder tends to educate people on how to eat better in order to lose weight instead of lose-weight-quick schemes.

** I spread out the reading for two months and tested her nutrition advice as I read it.

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