The Taco Diet

Elizabeth Vidoli

Taco Diet via E! News article {Summary}

Author: Jenna Mullins | Source: | Publication Date: January 5th, 2016

The article that I found came from E! News. Essentially, this is a diet in which you eat tacos for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, for 30 days. The catch, that makes it "healthy", is that the tacos are vegan. To get access to this diet, and recipes, you have to purchase the book. The cookbook gives recipes on how to make your own tortillas, and a variety of options for fillings. It also gives healthy spins on drinks, such as margaritas. The book claims to contain over 75 vegan recipes, and promises to "detox your dreams and redefine your dinner" (The Taco Cleanse), and is written by 4 women who call themselves Vegan Taco Scientists. The author of the article concludes that the diet is something she can definitely get behind. She also states that she believes the promises of the book and diet, and that this is something people will want to try if you’re sick of depriving diets.

Quote from the Book

"Even if you do nothing else, your mood will brighten in just 24 hours. Keep eating tacos and within a week your outlook will be noticeably improved, after 30 days, cleansers report lasting benefits—and you will, too!"

Article Critique

I had quite a few issues with the article from E! News, regarding the Taco diet. First being, the article was written in a very supportive manor. The author stated that they believed the promise of lasting benefits. They also talked about it being a "cleanse they could get behind"(Mullins). I found the positivity and trust to be troublesome. The author had never tried this diet, and did no research besides reading claims via the book itself. Not to mention the fact that the E! News writer has no nutritional background. Their article was supposed to be informative. I think it would have been better to give straight facts about what the diet is, so people can make informed decisions. When a person reads an article that talks so positively about a diet, sometimes they just assume that it works, instead of deciding based on facts.

Secondly, the four authors of the book call themselves Vegan Taco Scientists. They have no medical or nutritional background. They simply tried eating tacos for 30 days, and found that they had results. There is no one backing this saying it is healthy, or nutritional to try this diet.

Finally, This diet misses many main vitamins/foods that would make it unhealthy. While there are many different recipes, eating tacos every meal for 30 days straight can put you at risk for deficiencies. Vegan diets typically lack vitamin A, B12, vitamin D, and protein. They are at a higher risk of being anemic. If someone wanted to try this diet, it would be important for them to supplement nutrients that they would miss from their diet. It is unclear if this book talks about supplementing.

Overall, the article came from an E! News writer, with no nutritional or medical background. E! News is not backed with a medical background either. There is no research, other than the authors of the cookbook's personal trials. The cookbook's authors have no medical or nutritional background, either. The E! News article is misleading, and positive, even though they never tried it personally. There are essentially no credentials, or evidence based facts to this diet, or article. To find more information that is valid, I would recommend looking through medical/professional journals, government/health websites, or university/academic websites. I could agree with purchasing the cookbook to use for some taco recipes here and there. I can't agree with eating them for every meal, 30 days in a row.