A good portion of Beyond Broccoli discusses what she calls “myths” about vegetarian diets. He addresses issues such as ecology, basic nutrition, and even spirituality. While Schenck acknowledges that some people are able to maintain a vegan or vegetarian diet and stay healthy, she says not everyone has the physiology for it. She also acknowledges that many make the choice for vegetarianism based on spiritual and animal rights issues. I was surprised by her attempts to address these issues as they are very personal and difficult to argue with logic. I did think she made a strong argument on the issue of animal rights in saying that naturally raised meat is healthier as well as better for the animals.
Beyond Broccoli is not a menu plan. It is a resource for learning about food. It is hard to know exactly what to eat and how much. What it does provide is an overview of what Schenck considers to be a healthy diet. It also addresses health issues associated with vegetarian, vegan, and raw food diets. This book is a good resource for anyone exploring a more natural diet. Even if someone does not want to implement a raw foods and raw meat diet, the information on nutrition is very informative.