Eberstein: Budget Your Carbs Well When Eating Low-Carb

Filed under: Low-carb Tips — @ August 24, 2006

Jacqueline Eberstein, RN, who worked alongside the late Dr. Robert C. Atkins for three decades, offers some sage low-carb tips for people on the low-carb lifestyle to follow.

Eberstein said low-carb can and should be the most nutrient-dense diet you will ever need to be on despite the constant concerns expressed by critics about how “unbalanced” and “unhealthy” programs like the Atkins diet are.

bq. “Even on the most restrictive (20 grams of carbs allowed) Induction phase of the Atkins Nutritional Approach, there are five servings of fruits and vegetables, meeting the recommended daily intake,” she explained, stating that fruits such as avocados, tomatoes and olives are highly encouraged even for people on Atkins Induction. “None of the low-carb plans suggest eating no carbs whatsoever, as is so often incorrectly stated.”

Actually, vegetable consumption doubles for most people when they start low-carbing and the quality of fruits and vegetables consumed are better than what the average American is putting in their mouths.

bq. “A Journal of Nutrition survey that revealed that only 45 percent of Americans actually eat five or more servings of fruits and vegetables per day,” Eberstein revealed. “Iceberg lettuce, tomatoes, French fries, bananas and orange juice accounted for 30 percent of those ingested. While tomatoes are low in carbohydrate and have vitamin C, lycopene and fiber, these other foods are high in glycemic response or low in nutrients.”

Read more about what Jackie Eberstein has to say about budgeting your carbs well on your low-carb plan by clicking here.

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