Weight Watchers targets the Atkins-weary

Filed under: Atkins Diet — Tags: — @ August 16, 2004

Reuters reports that Weight Watchers is hoping to reel in dieters disillusioned with low-carb plans like Atkins with the will roll out a new weight loss program later this month. The company also hopes the new initiative will boost membership and attendance numbers.

“We are seeing all sorts of people, and more and more of them are people who have tried one low-carb diet or another,” said Eliot Glazer, Weight Watchers vice president of marketing. “People are prone to trying new things when it comes to weight loss.”

Atkins chief marketing officer Matt Wiant said because of its meeting format, Weight Watchers will always be a haven for dieters who need social reinforcement to lose weight. “They are not turning to Weight Watchers for their nutritional brilliance,” Wiant said.

Low Carb Luxury partners with retailers

Filed under: Business — Tags: — @ August 13, 2004

ftb: low carb partnership
Low Carb Luxury, a leading low-carb community website and partner of CarbWire, has announced a partnership with several low-carb retailers. Low Carb Luxury, CarbSmart, Low Carb Connoisseur, and Low Carb Dieters have all formed an alliance called FTB: Low Carb Partnership (FTP stands for from the beginning).

bq. It’s the goal of the FTB Low Carb Partnership to enlist the support of other retailers and merchants who care about the future of low carb and want to “clean up” the problems that now plague the industry. FTB plans to be “The Good Guys.”

A website has been set up by the group.

Zucchini and Jicama Salad recipe

Filed under: Low-carb Recipes — Tags: — @ August 12, 2004

zucchini-jicama-salad.jpgAtkins has published a great recipe for a Zucchini and Jicama Salad. Jicama is a baseball-size root vegetable similar in texture to a radish, but with a slightly sweet flavor. Low in carbs, jicama adds crunch and volume to salads and salsas.


* 1 small red onion, finely chopped
* 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
* 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
* 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
* 3/4 teaspoon salt
* 1 jalape

Malibu Beach Beverage offers new low-carb drinks

Filed under: New Product — Tags: — @ August 11, 2004

Malibu Beach Beverage has announced the release of three new juice flavored low-carb drinks: Malibu Mango, Sunset Strawberry and Redondo Raspberry.

Each blend uses natural flavors, has 3g of carbs and 10 calories per serving, and offers vitamin enhancements. Each flavor is a unique blend of natural juices, Guarana, Ginseng, Vitamin C and a comprehensive B complex and has no added sugar.

Charlie Brown’s Steakhouse goes low-carb

Filed under: Restaurants — Tags: — @ August 10, 2004

Charlie Brown’s Steakhouse, which has locations in New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania, has added a new low-carb menu. They’ve even created a special “Charlie’s Complete Low Carb Meal” ($19.99) which includes a dozen buffalo wings, a Caesar salad, a 10 oz. serving of Queen cut prime rib, and a bowl of low-carb ice cream.

Charlie Brown’s is known for its high quality, fresh food and good value, serving Founders Reserve Beef exclusively, the highest quality USDA Choice or better mid-western beef available.

Low-carb Bear Market?

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Nathan Slaughter doesn’t have many kind words for low-carb diets in his latest column for The Motley Fool financial investment website.

“Is it just me, or is the Atkins/South Beach, low-carb phenomenon beginning to resemble the Nasdaq around the time it peaked?” writes Slaughter. “By that, I mean there is no shortage of empirical or statistical evidence supporting the claim that the very foundation of low-carb dieting is beginning to show signs of cracks that could possibly lead to collapse. Yet casual dining chains, fast food restaurants, grocery stores, and food manufacturers are ignoring the warning signs and continually rolling out new products or dishes designed to cash in on the popularity as long as it lasts.”

“It is far too early to begin writing the obituary of the low-carb craze, but it doesn’t take an intuitive leap to draw the conclusion that interest is clearly waning. One thing is for certain: The low-carb trend will play a role in many investors’ portfolios, regardless of the direction it takes, and it is never too soon to assess the impact it might have on yours.”

Dreamfields offers Olympic pasta salad recipe

Filed under: Low-carb Recipes — Tags: — @ August 9, 2004

In honor of the start of the 2004 Summer Olympic Games in Athens, Greece, Dreamfields has released a greek inspired low-carb pasta salad for you to serve your family and friends during the event.

Greek Penne Pasta Salad


* 16 ounces Dreamfields Healthy Low Carb Living Penne
* 1 small red onion, chopped
* 1 cup pitted kalamata olives, sliced
* 1 cup (4 ounces) Feta cheese, crumbled
* 1 green pepper, chopped
* 1 cup chopped sun dried tomatoes packed in oil, drained
* 1/2 cup olive oil
* 6 tablespoons red wine vinegar
* salt and pepper to taste
* 1 teaspoon basil
* 1 teaspoon oregano


Cook penne according to package directions; rinse and drain. Add onion, olives, feta cheese, green pepper, and sun dried tomatoes. In a bowl, whisk together olive oil, red wine vinegar, and seasonings until well blended. Pour over pasta and toss gently. Refrigerate before serving. Serves eight.

First crop of SunLite lower-carb potatoes due in Jan.

Filed under: In The News — Tags: — @

SunFresh, a cooperative formed by six Florida farmers, has acquired exclusive rights to the lower-carb potato developed by Dutch seed company HZPC. They hope to get the “SunLite” potato, which has 30% fewer carbs than the average Russet Burbank, to market quickly in order to capitalize on the buzz surrounding it.

The first crop should be ready in January, according to one of the farmers. “It’s way riskier to raise them this time of year because of hurricanes and other rain issues,” he said. “But we want to get people the chance to try it as quick as possible.”

Normally, Florida farmers plant potatoes in January and harvest in April. But SunFresh will plant in early September this year.

Low-carb slow in Europe

Filed under: In The News — Tags: — @ August 8, 2004

The AP writes that low-carb diets have had a hard time crossing the Atlantic–besides Britain, Europe is still enjoying carbohydrates. The article gives several reasons for the diet gap, including portion size:

bq. An entire European family could make a picnic of canapes from the staggering high pile of cold cuts in just one New York deli sandwich. Italians return from abroad stunned by cherished U.S. dining habits like all-you-can eat restaurants and doggy bags for all you can’t eat.

Are you a low-carb dieter in Europe? Let us know.

Atkins responds to high-carb, breast cancer link

Filed under: Atkins Diet — Tags: — @ August 6, 2004

In response to today’s news linking high-carb diets with breast cancer, Atkins Nutritionals has provided CarbWire with the following statement:

Eating lots of carbs may raise breast cancer risk

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New research published today suggests that high-carb diets might raise the risk of breast cancer. Scientists found that women in Mexico who ate a large number of carbs were more than twice as likely to get breast cancer than those who ate less starch and sugar.

Scientists think carbs may increase cancer risk by rapidly raising sugar in the blood, which causes a surge of insulin to be secreted. This causes cells to divide and leads to higher levels of estrogen in the blood, both of which can encourage cancer.

Dr. Walter Willett, chief of nutrition at the Harvard School of Public Health, worked on the study with doctors at Instituto Nacional de Salud Publica in Cuernavaca, Mexico. It was funded by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Ministry of Health of Mexico, and the American Institute for Cancer Research.

Low-carb craze dies down, but still strong

Filed under: Business — Tags: — @ August 5, 2004

As CarbWire reported yesterday, low-carb dieting isn’t going away anytime soon. According to research from ACNielsen, U.S. sales of low-carb products hit $1.3 billion for the 12 months ended July 10, up 283% from the same period a year ago. For the 13 weeks ended the same day, however, sales were up only 20% from the previous 13 weeks, when sales were up 122% from the 13 weeks before that.

Low-carb diets blamed for loss of 333 jobs at bakery

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George Weston Ltd. plans to close an Entenmann’s baked goods factory in suburban Northlake, Illinois, as it tries to cut costs and improve declining profits accredited to the popularity of low-carb dieting.

bq. The Canadian company said its U.S. business has increased prices and taken steps to cut costs, including closing its Northlake baking facility in reaction to the pressure that low-carb dieting has put on its financial results.

Officials of the Northlake bakery said they would keep the facility open as a distribution center and outlet center, but production was halted on Friday, and 333 of the 420 workers laid off. The facility produced bagels, some danish pastries and other goods.

Atkins offers controlled-carb Diabetes research

Filed under: Atkins Diet — Tags: — @ August 4, 2004

Atkins Health & Medical Information Services has published the latest developments in clinical research on controlled-carbohydrate nutritional practices and the Atkins Nutritional Approach. In this special edition of the Research Update, Atkins highlights several recent studies that show how diet and lifestyle impact such conditions as Type 2 Diabetes, Metabolic Syndrome and Insulin Resistance.

Low-carb lifestyle shows staying power

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According to two new studies, low-carb dieting shows no signs of disappearing. Opinion Dynamics Corporation (ODC), a market research firm that specializes in the food service industry, reports that the number of Americans on a low-carb diet has remained stable at 11% of the U.S. adult population (24 million adults).

While the number of current low-carb dieters has remained stable, however, the percentage of people who say they are merely making an effort to restrict their carbs has dropped substantially in the past few months, according to the ODC study. This group, called low-carb lifestyle consumers, has decreased from 32% in April to 29% in the current study.

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‘Atkins Diabetes Revolution’ released

Filed under: Atkins Diet — Tags: — @ August 3, 2004

Atkins Diabetes RevolutionAtkins Diabetes Revolution,” the last major book planned by Dr. Robert C. Atkins prior to his untimely death in 2003, goes on sale nationwide on August 3. Thanks to the efforts of a team of his colleagues, this work has now been fully realized and will serve as “a major new weapon in the battle to prevent and control Type 2 diabetes.”

According to the American Diabetes Association, diabetes now affects 18.2 million people in the U.S., and the Center for Disease Control has reported that 41 million Americans were pre-diabetic in year 2000.

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Equal Sugar Lite hits stores

Filed under: New Product — Tags: — @ August 2, 2004

Sugar LiteEqual is today launching a new sweetener called Sugar Lite. Each 1 teaspoon serving of Sugar Lite contains 1/2 carb and 1/2 calorie. The company calls the product, “A blend of real sugar and no-calorie sweeteners.” Bakers will like that Sugar Lite has a cup-for-cup conversion when used in baking.

Despite having a cup-for-cup conversion, the product is sold in packaging by equivalent sweetness. The suggested retail price ranges from $4.29 to $4.39 for the two-pound equivalent, and $7.69 to $7.79 for the four-pound equivalent.

Low-carb, low-fat in dead heat after one year

Filed under: Study — Tags: — @ July 30, 2004

Even though people drop pounds faster on low-carb diets out of the gate, results from two studies summarized in the August issue of the Harvard Health Letter show that with regards to weight loss, low-carb and low-fat diets end up in a statistical tie after a year.

The first study says that low-carb dieters jumped ahead of their low-fat counterparts during the first six months, only to regain pounds in the next six. In the second study, the low-carb group kept off the pounds, but the low-fat group caught up with them by continuing to lose weight.

School cafeterias resist low-carb pressure

Filed under: In The News — Tags: — @ July 29, 2004

While low-carb diets are changing the contents of grocery stores and the menus of fast-food restaurants, school cafeterias are yet to adapt to the new lifestyle.

That’s because school lunch menus are dictated by recommendations from the U.S. Department of Agriculture–the creator of the Food Guide Pyramid, which recommends six to 11 servings of breads and grain.

bq. While food service administrators are looking for healthier choices than Tater Tots and fish sticks, low-carb options aren’t common in schools. Some doctors say such diets aren’t appropriate for growing children and active teenagers. But as America’s struggle with childhood obesity continues, schools may be increasingly fielding requests from parents to add low-carb options.

Kellogg says low-carb has peaked

Filed under: Business — Tags: — @ July 26, 2004

Kellogg saw a 16% increase in second quarter earnings this week which it has attributed to a drop in low-carb dieters. Kellog CEO Carlos Gutierrez predicted a downturn in low-carb last quarter and was anxious to claim victory.

Despite the big words from management, just days ago Kellogg introduced a new round of low-carb products.


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