What I Learned from Trying the Taco Cleanse—a.k.a. the Best Non-Diet Ever

Let’s start by getting this out of the way: “Cleanses are the fucking worst. They’re socially acceptable starvation disguised as health and that is the fucking worst.”

Now that you’ve read the first two sentences from The Taco Cleanse, the cheeky new vegan taco cookbook taking the Internet by storm, let’s regroup.

The Taco Cleanse was developed by four Austin-based vegans and self-proclaimed “taco scientists.” While the authors did eat nothing but tacos, breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert for a whole month, that’s not really what the taco cleanse is all about. They wanted to poke fun at today’s diet culture while also offering up 75 really delicious vegan taco recipes. “We can become so obsessed with cleansing and ‘perfect’ diets that we develop eating disorders or at least spend an unnecessary amount of our lives worrying about filling our diets with righteousness,” says Stephanie Bogdanich, one of the book’s authors.

Conveniently, studies have found a whole bunch of health benefits to eating a vegan diet, from weight loss to lower cholesterol and blood pressure, and a lower risk of heart disease—so should you decide to partake in this faux “cleanse,” you might actually finish feeling better than ever.

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