Newly formed group critical of low-carb diets

Filed under: In The News — Tags: — @ June 23, 2004

A new coalition of 11 consumer, nutrition and public health groups claims that low-carb diets are “unlikely to lead to sustained long term weight loss and they can increase the risk for a number of life-threatening medical conditions.” The Partnership for Essential Nutrition said it was formed to help educate Americans about the need for healthy carbs such as vegetables, fruits, beans and whole grains.

The group advises that “losing weight on these extreme low-carb diets can lead to such serious health problems as kidney stress, liver disorders and gout.” The coaltion also warned that the diets are “increasing the risk of developing cancer, heart disease, stroke, type-2 diabetes and other chronic diseases.”

Dr. Stuart Trager, Medical Director for Atkins Nutritionals said the Atkins diet is healthy. “In fact, the Atkins Nutritional Approach includes spinach, eggplant, broccoli, asparagus and leafy greens, in addition to other high-fiber vegetables and fruits,” Trager said in a statement. “Even during induction, Atkins requires five servings of vegetables and/or fruits a day.”

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