Low Carb Energy plans more issues

Filed under: Publications — Tags: — @ June 10, 2004

lcelogo.jpgLow Carb Energy, the largest-circulation magazine covering controlled-carb diets, has increased the frequency of its U.S. edition due to growing demand. Starting with the January 2005 issue, Low Carb Energy magazine will appear on newsstands nine times per year, compared to the previous bi-monthly schedule.

“We are putting more issues out there in response to consumer and advertiser demand, while also taking into account the continued growth and stabilization of the low-carb marketplace,” says Michael M. Meyers, President and CEO of Coincide Publishing, the company behind LowCarb Energy.

The subscription rate will now be $24.99 for 9 issues and $34.99 for 18 issues (60% off the cover price).

78 percent low-carb success rate in losing weight

Filed under: Study — Tags: — @ June 9, 2004

A recent nationwide study on low-carb dieters has concluded that 78% of people who try low-carb diets lose weight. Furthermore, the study notes that most keep the weight off. The research was conducted by Opinion Dynamics Corporation, and can be viewed here. Below are some other interesting findings:

* The percentage of the public currently on a low-carb diet has remained remarkably stable over the past six months, at 12% of US adults. This figure has neither increased nor decreased significantly since December, 2004.

* The median amount of weight lost on low-carb diets is approximately 16 pounds; 46% say they lost less than 16 pounds, while 50% say they lost more than that amount.

* People who say they follow a low-carb diet rarely do so all of the time, particularly when eating in restaurants.

Campbell’s to introduce low-carb soups

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Campbell’s today made it known that it will introduce soups for low-carb dieters later this summer. Further information like nutritional information or even flavors is not known.

The announcement came at the same time as the release of Campbell’s Soup for Life Plan, a free 40-page booklet. You can request the booklet here.

bq. The plan is consistent with the National Institutes of Health guidelines for safe weight loss and a healthy diet and builds on scientific research on the benefits of soup. It provides flexible menu plans for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks, based on a 1,200-calorie daily weight loss diet, along with additions for people with increased calorie needs.

Kraft signs deal with South Beach’s Agatston

Filed under: South Beach Diet — Tags: — @

Kraft Foods has inked a deal with Dr. Arthur Agatston, creator of The South Beach Diet. The company will use the South Beach Diet trademark to promote some Kraft products that can be used by people following the South Beach Diet program. Specifically what items that will be promoted is unknown at this time.

Kraft will also put up money for nutrition research at the Agatston Research Institute.

Financial terms of the multi-year agreement were not disclosed.

Smithfield Foods’ profits up, carbs cited

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Smithfield Foods, the world’s largest pork producer, saw earnings of $122.7 million for the last quarter. Though this total includes an after-tax gain of $49 million, earnings for the year-ago quarter were a scant $5 million. What’s the sudden increase attributed to? Carbs.

bq. Bacon has become more popular amid the growth of low-carb diets, because it can be eaten as a breakfast meat and added to salads and other foods during the day, analysts said.

Despite the good news, shares of Smithfield Foods (SFD) are trading down.

Bacardi Silver Low-Carb Black Cherry debuts

Filed under: New Product — Tags: — @ June 8, 2004

bacardi-black-cherry.jpgAnheuser-Busch today introduced Bacardi Silver Low Carb Black Cherry, a new low-carb malt beverage that blends “sweet and tangy black cherries with a hint of vanilla.” The beverage contains 2.6 grams of carbs, 96 calories and is 4 percent alcohol by volume.

“Bacardi Silver Low Carb Black Cherry creates a subtly sweet, tangy, and delicious black cherry flavored finish,” said Don Meyer, director of New Products, Anheuser-Busch. “We’re branching out with our Bacardi Silver brand to reach those adults who enjoy flavored malt beverages but are watching their carbs and calories.”

Bacardi Silver Low Carb Black Cherry, which began hitting stores June 1, will be available in six-packs of 12-oz. bottles.

Zero Carb Astraya Dried Fruit Infusions with Stevia

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Zero Carb Astraya Dried Lime and Zero Carb Astraya Berry aim to fill a niche among sweet beverages: no carbohydrates, no calories, no artificial sweeteners, no sugar, and no preservatives. The drinks, made by Anandamaya, are sweetened with Stevia, an herb native to Paraguay that is claimed to be 200-300 times sweeter than sugar. Stevia is used commonly in Japan.

Look for the two products in select stores now.

Million Calorie March

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USA Today reports on the Million Calorie March, a one-man mission to raise awareness on being overweight. Gary Marino, who’s on a low-carb/low-calorie diet, is walking from Jacksonville to Boston (a distance of over 1,200 miles) in an attempt to raise money for weight education.

bq. On this march, he has raised $130,000 for Generation Excel, his non-profit foundation designed to create programs to educate kids and parents about the dangers of being overweight.

You can take a peak on Gary’s progress at: www.millioncaloriemarch.com

Eat low-carb for less

Filed under: Low-carb Tips — Tags: — @ June 7, 2004

Marie Almon, a dietician who helped develop the South Beach diet, has some great advice on saving money while living the low-carb lifestyle. Two of her tips for eating low-carb for less struck us as clever:

bq. Eat with the seasons – In the winter, imported strawberries are expensive. But apples are plentiful and cheap. So instead of that strawberry dessert, prepare the same dish with apples.

Prep your own poultry – Buy chicken with the skin and bone still on and do the knife work yourself. While you pay per pound for the skin and bones, dieters can also cut more than 50% of the cost.

Jelly Belly introduces low-carb items

Filed under: New Product — Tags: — @ June 4, 2004

jelly-belly.gifJelly Belly today introduced low-carb versions of several popular candies:

* Sugar-Free Jelly Belly Beans – 37 total carbs, 8 grams of fiber, 25 grams of sugar alcohols, 4 net-carbs. 80 calories. Made in 10 flavors.
* Sugar-Free Jelly Belly Sours – 37 total carbs, 8 grams of fiber, 25 grams of sugar alcohols, 4 net-carbs. 80 calories. Made in 5 flavors.
* Sugar-Free Fruit Slices – 30 total carbs, 8 grams of fiber, 21 grams of sugar alcohols, 1 net-carb. 60 calories.
* Fruit Drops – 32 total carbs, 12 grams of fiber, 14 grams of sugar alcohols, 6 net-carbs. 90 calories.
* Spice Drops – 33 total carbs, 11 grams of fiber, 16 grams of sugar alcohols, 6 net-carbs. 90 calories.
* Cola Bottles – 29 total carbs, 9 grams of fiber, 19 grams of sugar alcohols, 1 net-carb. 70 calories.
* Gummi Inchworms – 28 total carbs, 9 grams of fiber, 18 grams of sugar alcohols, 1 net-carb. 70 calories.
* Gummi Bears. – 28 total carbs, 9 grams of fiber, 18 grams of sugar alcohols, 1 net-carb. 70 calories.

All nutritional information is for a 40 gram serving.

Ben & Jerry’s Carb Karma available nationwide

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carb-karma.jpgBen & Jerry’s announced that Carb Karma, its reduced carbohydrate ice cream, is now available nationwide. (It has been available in select cities since January.)

Carb Karma comes in three flavors: Half Baked, Chocolate and Vanilla Swiss Almond.

Arnold Carbone, Ben & Jerry’s Conductor of Bizarre & D states, “Months of top-secret research and testing went into creating the new flavors. We mixed hundreds upon hundreds of experimental batches and then…sweet success.”

There are 5 net carbs per serving in each of the flavors.

Maple Pecan Chicken

Filed under: Low-carb Recipes — Tags: — @ June 3, 2004

maple-pecan-chicken.jpgThere is a great recipe for Maple Pecan Chicken in the latest issue of the Low Carb Luxury online magainze.

* 1/4 cup Dijon Mustard
* 1/4 cup Estee or Keto Sugar Free Maple Syrup
* 2 teaspoons Brandy
* 2 Tablespoons Soy Sauce
* 1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
* 1 egg, beaten
* 2 Tablespoons heavy cream
* 1/2 cup finely ground pecans
* 1/2 cup almond flour
* Salt, pepper, garlic powder to taste
* 4 double breasts of chicken (boned, trimmed, split into 8 pieces)
* 6 Tablespoons clarified butter
* 6 ounces chilled, unsalted butter, cut into pieces
* 1/4 cup sliced toasted almonds

For full preparation directions, visit Low Carb Luxury. Makes 4 servings with 3.5 grams of carbohydrates each.

KFC promises no unsupported health claims

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Federal regulators said today that KFC can no longer claim that its fried chicken is compatible with popular low-carb diets.

bq. KFC also may not run advertisements saying that eating its food is healthier than eating another food unless it can back the claims up scientifically, the agreement with the Federal Trade Commission stipulates.

The settlement stemmed from a complaint filed with the FTC by the Center for Science in the Public Interest over two KFC television advertisements. KFC pulled the ads in November.

TCBY intros Low Carb Lovers frozen yogurt

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tcby.jpgTCBY is busy promoting its new Low Carb Lovers frozen yogurt with a challenge for Americans to lose 1 million pounds. When the goal is met, TCBY will offer free Low Carb Lovers frozen yogurt for an entire day. There are four net carbs per half-cup serving of Low Carb Lovers frozen yogurt (for both chocolate and vanilla). Here is the nutritional information for the available toppings:

* Fat free chocolate fudge (1.3 net carb)
* Mixed nuts (1 net carb)
* Whipped topping (1 net carb)
* Blueberries (1 net carb)
* Raspberries (1/2 net carb)
* Strawberries (1/2 net carb)

There is a coupon for a free cup of Low Carb Lovers frozen yogurt with purchase of any cake or pie the TCBY homepage.

You can sign up to be a part of the million pound challenge here. As of this writing, the counter reads 529 pounds lost.

Birds Eye offers Voila! reduced-carb meals

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Birds Eye today announced a new reduced-carb line of Voila! frozen meals. Each product in the reduced-carb line contains 17 or less total carbs and 13 or less net carbs per serving. The meals deliver “optimal taste and health benefits” and come in five varieties:

* Down Home Chicken & Vegetables
* Roasted Garlic Chicken & Vegetables
* Chicken & Sausage Tuscano
* Teriyaki Beef & Vegetables
* Chicken Teriyaki & Vegetables

Available beginning this month at grocers nationwide, each Birds Eye Voila! reduced-carb meal is packaged in a 21-ounce bag, contains 2-1/2 to 3 servings per bag and is available at a suggested retail price of $5.19.

Breyers launches zero net carb ice cream

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

Breyers today introduced what it calls the first zero net carb ice cream. The new Breyers CarbSmart ice cream with 0 grams of net carbs per serving will be launched in two flavors: Vanilla & Chocolate (vanilla ice cream & chocolate sorbet) and Neapolitan (vanilla ice cream with chocolate & strawberry sorbets). The sugar-free ice cream portion of both flavors contains 130 calories per half-cup serving, while the sorbet contains 70 calories per half-cup serving.

In related news, CarbSmart and Creamsicle have teamed up to introduce two of the most popular cream pop flavors — Orange and Mixed Berry — in zero net carb versions. A single bar (1.75-fluid-ounce) contains 20 calories and 0 grams of net carbs.

All three new CarbSmart products began shipping to supermarkets in mid-May. The suggested retail price for a 56-ounce container of Breyers CarbSmart is $5.09. A 10-pack of CarbSmart Creamsicle bars sell for $3.99.

Jessica Simpson: ‘Atkins messed me up’

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jessicasimpson.jpgIn the June issue of SELF magazine, Pop music and reality TV star Jessica Simpson reveals that she has waged a body-image battle for some time, but that the low-carb lifestyle was definitely not the right path for her.

“Atkins really messed me up mentally,” Simpson told SELF. “I was so starved for carbs, I binged on them.” She now eats her favorite foods–bread, cookie-dough ice cream and Italian meals–in moderation, along with lots of salad.

If you’ve heard a celebrity raving or ranting about low-carb diets, please let us know.

Study: ‘yo-yo dieting’ can weaken immune system

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According to a new study by the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, “yo-yo dieting”–repeatedly losing, then regaining weight–may harm a woman’s immune system. The study also found that maintaining the same weight over time appears to have a positive effect on a woman’s immune system.

bq. The study… measured natural killer cell activity in the women’s blood. Natural killer cells are an essential part of the immune system, killing viruses and leukemia cells.

Those who reported losing weight more than five times had about a third lower natural killer cell function. Conversely, women who maintained the same weight for at least five years had 40 percent greater natural killer cell activity as compared to those who maintained their weight for fewer than two years.

Panera Bread rolls out new lower-carb items

Filed under: New Product,Restaurants — Tags: — @

panerabread.jpgPanera Bread today announced the addition of six new lower-carb items to its menu. The new items, now available in all Panera Bread bakery-cafes nationwide, include three breads, two bagels and a breadstick:

* Golden Original bread – 10g total carbs, 6g net carbs (per slice)
* Italian Herb bread – 10g total carbs, 6g net carbs (per slice)
* Rosemary Walnut bread – 9g total carbs, 4g net carbs (per slice)
* Plain bagel – 25g total carbs, 13g net carbs
* Asiago cheese bagel – 20g total carbs, 11g net carbs
* Italian herb breadstick – 13g total carbs, 6g net carbs

“To make a lower-carb bread that delivers full flavor and excellent texture, we begin with a formula that is high in protein and fiber, then incorporate traditional artisan techniques, including our all-natural starter and an extended fermentation process of up to 18 hours,” says Mike Marino, Panera Bread master artisan baker. “Baked from scratch each day using the same baking techniques that we use on our other award-winning artisan breads, these lower-carb breads have an authentic taste and texture that is superior to other lower-carb breads on the market.”

7 UP PLUS: vitamin, calcium fortified low-carb soda

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Cadbury Schweppes today announced 7 UP PLUS, a carbonated beverage fortified with calcium, vitamin C, real fruit juice and sweetened with Splenda. It will contain approximately 10 calories and 3 grams of carbs per 12-oz. serving. Like the original, 7 UP PLUS will be caffeine free.

“We are extremely excited about the positive buzz around the development of 7 UP PLUS. Consumers tell us the product tastes great, and nutritionists say this is exactly the choice of beverage many people today are seeking to bring greater balance into their lives,” said Randy Gier, Cadbury Schweppes VP of marketing. “Our research indicates there are times when consumers want their favorite, classic soft drinks with added nutritional benefits. 7 UP PLUS is an easy way for consumers to put some ‘balance in their bubbles’ when choosing a carbonated beverage.”

The company said it is currently finalizing marketing and distribution plans for the product launch.



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