“This is a book that changed my life for the better! I am now a happy, green smoothie girl!”Julie U wrote this review Thursday, March 19, 2009. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“If you want to get healthier, read this book!”Mark wrote this review Monday, September 29, 2008. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This book really gave me a new view on how and why the Standard American Diet (SAD) can and does cause most of the diseases, ailments, aches and pains that the vast majority of us live with on a daily basis. It goes into great detail about why fiber plays such an important role in the maintenance of our overall health. And gives very useable advice on what we should be eating to have the best health possible and how to get the greatest benefit from the foods that we eat. I have many raw food books in my library and I think I can safely say that this one is the one that I return to time and time again for the best recipes and easy-to-find practical advice for daily living.”Kim Bellavance wrote this review Thursday, July 24, 2008. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This book will make you want to eat your greens! Great recipes included in the back of the book. Sugar addictions? I promise you if you begin to incorporate green smoothies into your diet, your tastes will change!”Michele R wrote this review Friday, May 30, 2008. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“If you get one book off my shelf, get this one! ”Tiffany J wrote this review Thursday, January 10, 2008. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“An interesting read. After reading this book I have a lot more respect for leafy greens, which Boutenko says should be classified within a food group of its own and not as a vegetable. Also, for soil and organic farming. ”Jessicat wrote this review Sunday, November 11, 2007. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Victoria is a living example of Raw Food enthusiasm. I have all of their books & recommend them to folks looking to start on a healthier eating journey! Adding green smoothies to my daily routine really boosted my own health!”sproutlady wrote this review Thursday, August 23, 2007. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This was a very interesting book about eating a raw vegan diet, but I thought it was marred by too many conjectures and not enough scientific facts.
The author believes that the diet most suited to humans is one that is as close to the diet of chimpanzees as possible, since we share more than 99% of our DNA with chimpanzees and their diet has not been adulterated by civilization and cooking like ours has. This is an interesting and plausible theory to me, but it's not really backed up by any science, it's just this author's viewpoint. She also believes that the best type of food for us is one that's filled with leafy greens, and eaten in the consistency of a thick creamy beverage using a special blender, because our bodies most readily absorb food that is in a chewed state. She feels that our teeth and jaws are not strong enough to break down the structure of the plant foods without the use of this special blender. This seems improbable to me, and again there's not a lot of evidence here to back this up.
There are all sorts of conjectures like this that fill the book, and though some of them make sense, some of them seem outright wacky to me. She does have references in the back, but many of them are just to other books, not to actual studies, and the craziest ideas she comes up with are not referenced. The green smoothie recipes that she comes up with don't even have many greens in them (three leaves of greens?) Also, the whole last half of the book is filled with "testimonials" by people who tried an experiment of drinking one quart of her green smoothies for a period of time, and how they felt. The testimonials didn't even sound that convincing to me.
I personally feel that a vegan diet is good for one's health, and that eating more raw foods may be better overall, but this book doesn't convince me to try a raw diet that would require a large outlay of money for the blender, and I feel that I can digest my food that I chew on my own just fine. I did give this review 3 stars because of her promotion of a vegan diet, but I really wish she would have backed up her claims more. Instead, she left me very skeptical. If someone were to give me a free high-speed blender I would try her diet just to see what happened, but until that happens I think I'll stick with chewing.”