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Dangerous advice, 3 Jun. 2005
This book is bad news for vegetarians and vegans. Ross is an advocate of the extremely dangerous and unhealthy Atkins diet, though this is not made clear until pages and pages of utter drivel are ploughed through. There are some good facts and advice such as vegetables and fruit are good for you but anything positive in this book can be learned from all the other nutritionists' books out there.
The gist of the book is plant nutrients - bad, animal derivatives - good. Wheat, oats and rye based foodstuffs are bad for you as they contain gluten. This assumes that everyone has a gluten intolerance. However dairy products are good for you and a vital part of a healthy diet (despite the fact that humans are the only mammals to drink milk from another species) and only if you have a known lactose intolerance should you avoid milk. The advice given is first try lactose-free milk (if it exists) then goat's milk then avoid all dairy products and on no account should you switch to soya, almond or rice milk.
Soya beans and soy based products are seen as the latest evil and that's only because some people have intolerance to soy products while others have overindulged. Again sweeping generalisations are made.
The latest wonder nutrient, Omega 3 oils, is given the anti-vegan treatment. Apparently Omega 3 must be obtained only from oily fish and fish oils and not from seed or nut oils as they are unstable if not hydrogenised. To counteract the toxins found in fish the reader is advised to eat fish with a little sprig of fresh coriander. However to counteract the thyroxine reducing properties of soya the reader is not advised to eat sea vegetables but to avoid altogether.