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Review: Beyond Broccoli by Susan Schenck

Beyond Broccoli, Creating a Biologically Balanced Diet When a Vegetarian Diet Doesn’t Work is full of very interesting facts that concern the vegetarian lifestyle and your health. I’m not a vegetarian or a vegan. I like my steak once in awhile. But I really learned a lot. Who knew: I have a vitamin B12 deficiency! I don’t have enough protein in my diet either.

If you are a vegan/vegetarian against eating and drinking all things pertaining to animals, it would be good for your health to read this book. I was so happy that the author, Susan Schenck, included the Biblical perspective of one man in particular, Paul Nison, God did tell us to eat certain animals and I’m not about to disobey. There’s a reason we need to eat meat and other animal products (i.e. milk & eggs) and God knows more than we do. Our bodies need certain nutrients provided by them.

Animal products are actually crucial for pregnant and nursing women and children. “Becoming pregnant after years is even riskier, as stored nutrients needed by the developing fetus may be depleted. You can compensate somewhat by taking algae for DHA, but algae contains toxins.” And in another paragraph, “Dr. John Fielder doesn’t agree with veganism. He found that of his vegan patients, three percent had mentally retarded babies, and there was no environmental toxin exposure to explain this.” What a scary thought! There’s a risk involved when raising our children vegan as well. Our growing children don’t need those diet restrictions either.

Chapter 15 was one of the most eye opening chapters for me. I learned about specific food items, such as nuts. There isn’t as much protein as we think in those little guys. Not only that, but if you aren’t watching the amount you consume, it can cause health issues. Flaxseed can be toxic & can cause weight gain by suppressing the thyroid. We really need to make sure we aren’t over consuming this product. I have read before that soy is not the best thing to consume. I found it again in this book. Soy oil is actually used in paints and glue….yum. There was so much more including information on seeds and greens. Everyone needs to read this book just for this chapter alone! So many eyes would be opened to the dangers of our diets.

I am not a fan of raw meat. I don’t even like to see pink in my steak. That could be from my fear of catching some ungodly disease, and I can’t know the health of the cow the meat came from. This book shares some of the safer meats and how to prepare it correctly. I’m still not taking my chances.

A lot of research went into the creation of this book. You can tell she did her homework.

This book is full of great information. I think if I was a vegan or vegetarian I could have related more, but I got a lot of great information on healthy eating.



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