Listerine to lure low-carb dieters

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

Listerine is reportedly going to start marketing its Listerine PocketPaks product to low-carb dieters. Why? The bad breath experienced during ketosis. We’ve heard other solutions to the problem (sugar free mints for example), but this is the first time we have actually heard a solution being advertised. Other breath freshening companies are expected to follow suit.

Low-carb 4th of July fun

Filed under: Low-carb Tips — Tags: — @ July 2, 2004

hamburgers.jpgThis Sunday marks America’s 228th birthday, which is about as good of a reason for a cook out that we can think of. Luckily, there are lots of great low-carb recipes for grill mavens. Here’s a list that we previously compiled, which includes favorites like BBQ pulled pork and cilantro grilled ghicken breast.

If you’re not the grill type, but still want some fun finger food, try our previously recommended (and highly acclaimed) heroin chicken wings recipe.

Low Carb Luxury offers some great tips on how to improve your cookout, including the often overlooked ground chuck selection process:

bq. Not much of a mystery here, but there are a few suggestions to make your burgers tasty and juicy. The first is to buy beef that has some fat in it because fat is flavor. Ground chuck is the meat of choice

Low-carb diets may curb daytime sleepiness

Filed under: Study — Tags: — @ July 1, 2004

According to a new study, low-carb diets can lead to modest improvements in daytime sleepiness in patients with narcolepsy.

bq. Dr. A. M. Husain of Duke University Medical Center and colleagues examined the effects of low-carb diets on daytime sleepiness and other symptoms in nine patients with narcolepsy. The findings are reported in the medical journal Neurology.

The participants were asked to follow diet guidelines based on the popular Atkins approach. Their symptoms were assessed when the study began and after 2, 4, and 8 weeks, using three standard sleepiness tests. One patient withdrew from the study due to an inability to adhere to the diet. In the remaining subjects, one of the tests showed a significant improvement in sleepiness, whereas the others did not.

Low-carb Jelly Belly review

Filed under: CarbWire Review — Tags: — @ June 30, 2004

Low carb Jelly BellyEarlier this month, we noted the release of low-carb Jelly Belly candies. Coming in several flavors, the new products use Splenda (instead of sugar) to cut carbs. However, they load up the products with sugar alcohols to futher reduce the effect of carbohydrates, which may make these candies impractical for some dieters.

We tasted each product that was announced, a total of 8 different varieties: Sugar-Free Jelly Belly Beans, Sugar-Free Jelly Belly Sours, Sugar-Free Fruit Slices, Fruit Drops, Spice Drops, Cola Bottles, Gummi Inchworms, and Gummi Bears. Each tasted much like their carb-laden counterparts.

Pros

* Excellent taste
* Very similar texture across the board, the gummy bears were still gummy

Cons

* Harder to find (we’ve had readers ask where to find them)
* Loaded up on sugar alcohol, so may not be practical for diabetics or people with sensitive stomachs

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The Cheesecake Factory goes low-carb

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The Cheesecake Factory has announced a low-carb version of its original cheesecake. It has 6 net carbs per serving and is sweetened with Splenda. Look for it at your local Cheesecake Factory or order online.

Red Lobster intros new ‘LightHouse Menu’

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red-lobster-lighthouse.jpgRed Lobster has announced plans to unveil a new “LightHouse Menu” designed to provide guests with nutritional information for some of the company’s most popular menu items. Available at the more than 670 Red Lobster restaurants throughout North America, the new menu lists over 30 items, including an appetizer, numerous entrees, side dishes, dipping sauces and beverages, with the carb, calorie and fat content for each.

Some dishes on the new menu include a Jumbo Shrimp Cocktail Dinner (243 cal, 2 carbs, 3g fat), Snow Crab Legs (262 cal, 0 carbs, 4.5g fat) and Steamed Live Maine Lobster (145 cal, 2 carbs, 1g fat).

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Starbucks announces ‘Frappuccino Light’

Filed under: New Product — Tags: — @ June 29, 2004

Coffee giant Starbucks will launch a new ‘Frappuccino Light’ drink line tomorrow. The new line of Frappuccino (an iced coffee) uses Splenda instead of sugar. However, don’t believe any “low-carb” claims–the new drinks still pack 20-60 carbs (depending on flavor and size). The light moniker stems from a 30-40% reduction in the number of calories.

As part of the product launch, Starbucks will be offering free samples of the Frappuccino Light beverages in all of its North American stores.

Semolina adds low-carb menu items

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Semolina, famous for their unique and flavorful pasta inventions, has created 11 new low-carb summer menu items. These new Taste Bud creations will be featured in all 15 Semolina restaurants. They include:

* Italian Chef Salad (11.8g; $9.99)
* Mandarin Pork Chops (9.6g; $12.99)
* Low-carb Chicken Parmesan (18.6g; $11.99)
* Filet Beef Forestierre (6.4g; $17.99)
* Pecan-crusted Tilapia (6.4g; $12.49)
* Chicken Breast Cordon Bleu (16g; $12.99)
* Zorba The Fish (5.2g; $15.99)
* Shrip and Mushroom Marinara (15.4g; $11.49)
* Chicken and Shrimp Diablo (10.9g; $12.49)
* Chicken Con Queso (9.8g; $11.99)
* Low-carb Cheesecake (5g; $4.49)

Pure Foods Low-Carb Market for sale on eBay

Filed under: Low-carb Stores — Tags: — @

Pure Foods Low-Carb Market in Santa Monica, California, which was recently featured in a TIME Magazine cover story, is for sale on eBay. The opening bid is $150,000.

“We want to focus all of our time and energy on our line of gourmet low-carb frozen foods that will be rolled out soon,” said Pure Foods co-founder Stephen Bikoff. “We’ve always operated a little out of the box, so selling our store on eBay shouldn’t surprise those who know of us.”

Olympic gymnast uses low-carb

Filed under: Celebrity — Tags: — @ June 28, 2004

US Olympic gymnast Stephen McCain uses a low-carb diet as part of his training routine. While some athletes preach the carb-load doctrine, McCain believes that lower carbohydrate intake allows for short intense bursts of energy:

bq. Having lots of complex sugars stored up–the kind produced by carbohydrates–does not help a gymnast that much. Those energy spurts are best provided by a diet high in protein. Most gymnasts try to get between 60 percent and 70 percent of their calories from proteins (like meats and cheeses), the rest from carbs (like whole-grain pasta, fruits, vegetables) and fats (like oils from peanuts).

We wish Stephen luck in the upcoming games.

Low-carb dieting could curb pregnancy odds

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A new study notes that an “Atkins style diet” could reduce the chance of a woman becoming pregnant. The findings were shown at a fertility conference in Berlin. However, the research was done completely on mice; the effects on humans are still unknown.

bq. A diet containing 25 percent protein disrupted the normal genetic imprinting pattern in early embryos

Update: Atkins has responded to the claims, the full release follows below.

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General Mills intros carb management bars

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momentum-bars.jpgGeneral Mills today introduced low-carb Momentum Bars in three flavors: Chocolate Peanut Butter, Double Chocolate and Chocolate Caramel Nut. Now available nationwide, all three varieties have 3 grams of net carbs.

In addition to its carb management benefits, each Momentum Bar provides 15 vitamins and minerals. The bars contain Splenda and offer “an indulgent chocolate taste.” General Mills said that “national testing of carb management bar consumers found that among those who had a preference, Momentum Chocolate Peanut Butter tastes better than Atkins Advantage Chocolate Peanut Butter.”

Suggested retail price for a package of four Momentum Bars is $4.99.

High-carb stocks reeling

Filed under: Business — Tags: — @ June 24, 2004

Companies that depend on high-carb items have seen a recent drop in stock prices as investors continue to worry about lost sales. Panera Bread same store sales for the last month were down nearly 1% even with the introduction of lower-carb bread.

Pasta makers have been hit even harder, with stocks hovering near 52-week lows.

Auntie Anne’s intros Smart Bites

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Popular pretzel pusher Auntie Anne’s today introduced Smart Bites, a reduced carb version of its bite-sized pretzel pieces. With 1 net-carb per piece, Smart Bites have about half the carbs of Auntie Anne’s previous offerings. You will be able to purchase the new Smart Bites at any one of over 800 locations starting on July 11.

Popeyes Chicken tests low-carb items

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Popeyes Chicken, second only to KFC in fast-food chicken sales, is now testing no-carb items in 300 of its stores. The “naked” items include both Popeyes Naked Chicken and Popeyes Naked Chicken Popeyes Naked Chicken Strips. If you were wondering what makes the new item naked, here’s the description from Popeyes:

bq. The new Popeyes Naked Chicken offering is an old favorite with a modern twist. The bone-in chicken is marinated, seasoned and then fried to a crisp, golden brown all without batter and breading.

However, low-carb dieters won’t be able to munch on one of the trademark Popeyes Biscuits… No low-carb version has been announced.

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.”

Pepsi Edge review

Filed under: CarbWire Review — Tags: — @ June 22, 2004

pepsi-edge.jpgMid-carb soda seems to be “the thing” for this Summer. We already took Coke C2 for a test drive, and overall gave it high marks. The theory behind mid-carb soda isn’t to switch diet drinkers (diet cola has no carbs), but to lure people who want to cut some carbs but won’t drink diet for the taste.

For the review, we set our tasting team up with a comparison between Pepsi, Diet Pepsi and Pepsi Edge. The team was all in agreement.

Pros

* Less carbs, sugar and calories than regular Pepsi

Cons

* Tastes a lot more like Diet Pepsi than we’d like
* Strong aftertaste
* More sugar than Coke C2

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Quiznos introduces low-carb salads

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quiznos-salad.jpgQuiznos today announced four new salads with “toasted” meats and cheese–with under 10 grams of net carbs each. The Quiznos Craveable Salads are available nationwide at participating restaurants and range in price from $4.69 to $5.49.

* Black & Bleu Salad – Black Angus Steak strips, bleu cheese crumbles and red onion are placed on Quizno Salad Blend with cherry tomatoes. Balsamic Vinaigrette dressing is served on the side. (7g net carbs)

* Roadhouse Ranch Salad – BBQ beef, bacon and cheddar cheese are placed on Salad Blend with cherry tomatoes. The salad is served with a side of Ranch dressing. (0g net carbs)

* Roman Chicken Salad – Chicken breast strips are topped with Parmesan, Asiago and Romano cheese, then placed on Salad Blend with cherry tomatoes. The salad is served with a side of Peppercorn Caesar dressing. (8g net carbs)

* Honey Mustard Chicken Salad – Chicken breast strips are topped with cheddar cheese and bacon and placed on Salad Blend with cherry tomatoes. The salad is served with a side of Honey Mustard Dressing. (10g net carbs)

Quiznos has been criticized by CarbWire for not releasing complete nutritional information.

Atkins widow wants to prove husband was right

Filed under: Atkins Diet — Tags: — @ June 21, 2004

veronica-atikins.jpgBusinessWeek has published excerpts from a recent interview with Veronica Atkins, the widow of diet guru Dr. Robert C. Atkins. Atkins says she is funding research in the hopes of validating her late husband’s theories on nutrition.

bq. Dr. Robert C. Atkins was criticized heavily for a scarcity of scientific data to back his theories on the benefits of low-carb diets. Now his widow, Veronica Atkins, is looking to change that. The 66-year-old is devoting the resources of the Robert C. Atkins Foundation, which she heads, toward research into obesity, diabetes, and the benefits of cutting carbohydrates. Skepticism still abounds: Critics question whether research from Dr. Atkins’ eponymous foundation, which was started in 1999 to fund nutrition-related initiatives, will be impartial.

Southern Flair Deviled Eggs

Filed under: Low-carb Recipes — Tags: — @

Here’s a great recipe that’s packed with flavor. Southern Flair Deviled Eggs, which contain 1-2 grams of carbs per serving (depending on chosen fillings), make a tasty side dish for any meal. The recipe makes 24 egg-halves.

* 12 eggs at room temperature
* 2 tablespoons (approximately) butter at room temperature
* 1/2 tablespoon prepared mustard
* 1/2 very small white onion, grated
* Salt, freshly ground black pepper and cayenne to taste
* 1/2 tablespoon each of any four:
finely chopped or ground cooked country ham or shrimp; anchovy paste; curry powder; chopped fresh herbs; freshly grated parmesan; drained capers; chopped pitted black olives; chopped pitted green olives; Splenda sweet pickle relish

For complete preparation directions, visit Low Carb Luxury.



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