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Jennifer Aniston really loves tacos. (Photo illustration by Yahoo Food; Image credits: Getty Images, Alamy)
Add Jennifer Aniston to the list of people going ape over the Taco Cleanse.
Yahoo Food on Thursday spoke with the actress about healthy eating, awards show snacking, and her role as ambassador for Smartwater’s new sparkling water. But at one point, the conversation turned to diet fads that have come and gone over time. We pointed out the first viral diet trend of 2016 so far: the Taco Cleanse. That’s when Aniston really perked up.
“WHAT?!” she asked, and promptly Googled the trendy diet midinterview for more information.
If you haven’t heard, one of the most popular diet books of 2016 so far is “The Taco Cleanse: The Tortilla-Based Diet Proven to Change Your Life,” a vegan diet plan in which each meal is replaced with a form of taco. The humorous cookbook, released in December, was written by four Austin, Texas, self-proclaimed “taco scientists,” Wes Allison, Stephanie Bogdanich, Molly R. Frisinger, and Jessica Morris, who claim they lost weight after eating tacos for 30 days straight.
“I’m riveted [by the Taco Cleanse],” an intrigued Aniston told. “I can see that being something.”
The “taco scientists” claim some significant health benefits from their pseudo-scientific taco cleanse, including waking up in the morning “with new enthusiasm when you know your day is going to start with a breakfast taco.” The authors also believe “your chakras will become realigned into an optimal taco pattern.” (So, in a a half-moon shape?)
“Finally, there is a new diet plan that will have you actually enjoying life,” the book’s website states.
Aniston, like many, was skeptical at first. She pondered if the diet had real nutritional merit. “Isn’t the corn tortilla, like, not that good for you?” she wondered aloud. And what about the cheese? “It’s interesting,” she pondered.
Nevertheless, the actress seemed committed to giving the Taco Cleanse a try. By the end of our interview, she declared, “I already ordered the book on Amazon!”
Aniston’s appreciation for the taco-based diet plan is not unexpected. The Friends actress has declared her love of Mexican food before and has been spotted dining regularly at Marix Tex Mex Cafe in West Hollywood, which hosts a popular Taco Tuesday night.
Whether Aniston will actually try the viral Taco Cleanse is yet to be determined. But don’t be surprised if you see her noshing on a veggie taco washed down with a sparkling Smartwater at Marix sometime soon.
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