There''s a whole lot of bickering going on over the effectiveness and potential dangers of low-carb diets, but the participants in this fight aren''t concerned about your health: they''re concerned about their profits. Ever since the popularity of the Atkins Diet and South Beach Diet, Americans are avoiding orange juice, soft drinks, breads and other refined carbohydrates in record numbers. And while that''s a smart choice in terms of protecting public health, the manufacturers of soft drinks, orange juice, pasta, breads and other foods made with refined carbohydrates aren''t too happy about it.
So they''re attacking the Atkins Diet in an effort to get this "fad" out of the picture and, hopefully, get people to return to their old disease-promoting eating habits that include white bread, soft drinks, added sugars, lots of pasta, and so on. See, it''s really a war over profits, not over your health.
The funny thing is that foes of the Atkins Diet have a few good points: eating unlimited quantities of saturated fat in products like bacon and cheese is terrible nutritional advice. But the Atkins Food Guide Pyramid doesn''t really recommend that in the first place. The Atkins Food Guide Pyramid, in fact, is the healthiest food guide I''ve seen yet: it''s far healthier than the USDA Food Guide Pyramid, which seems to serve as little more than a marketing brochure for grain farmers.
But I agree that the Atkins Diet can be extremely unhealthy when abused by people who are just looking for a magic bullet solution rather than making the more responsible decision to choose healthful foods for the rest of their lives. That''s why I literally wrote the book on the dangers of the Atkins Diet: Low-Carb Diet Warning, which you can read free of charge.
The answer to all this, by the way, is that both groups are right: Atkins is right about avoiding processed carbohydrates and refined sugars. Opponents are right about avoiding unlimited quantities of saturated animal fat. So what''s the final answer? Eat unrefined foods only. Avoid all processed foods, and you''ll be healthy. I call it the Unrefined Foods Diet, and it''s the only diet that really keeps you healthy. Food manufacturers, of course, hate it, since the Unrefined Foods Diet demands that you purchase and consume absolutely no manufactured or processed foods whatsoever, and that''s exactly where the profits are generated by food manufacturers.
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- Arthur Agatston, a Miami Beach cardiologist who created the South Beach Diet, poses with two of his bestselling books in May.
- While popular, the diet may cause health problems in the long term.
- Low-carb diets are in the hot seat.
- While the South Beach Diet and the Atkins Diet continue to tally book sales --- an estimated 30 million to date --- 11 health organizations have teamed up to dispel what they call popular misconceptions about the low-carbohydrate approach and to warn about the risk of its long-term use.
- These diets have "promoted the simplistic belief that individuals can solve their weight and related health problems by eliminating one nutrient from the diet, or at least drastically reducing intake of that nutrient: carbohydrates," noted Alison Rein, assistant director of food and health policy for the National Consumers League, one of the groups in the partnership.
- Moore said the group has received money for other projects from Tanita (makers of a body fat scale), Gerber Food Products (to sponsor a one-day meeting in Washington on childhood obesity) and the Florida Department of Citrus (for a meeting on breakfast nutrition).
- The partnership also includes the Alliance for Aging Research, the American Association of Diabetes Educators, the American Institute for Cancer Research, the American Obesity Association, the National Women''s Health Resource Center, the Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge, La., the Society for Women''s Health Research, the University of California-Davis Department of Nutrition and the Yale-Griffin Prevention Research Center in Derby, Conn.
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