Low-carb Taco Bell

Filed under: Low-carb Tips,Restaurants — Tags: — @ May 24, 2004

taco-bell.jpgThanks to an email tip by CarbWire reader Jodi Johnson, we’re able to let you in on a secret Taco Bell item–and it’s low-carb! The trick is you get the taco made in a bowl, sans shell. Jodi recommends the Soft Steak Taco or the Soft Chicken Taco. Here’s the ordering process:

bq. “I order the tacos without the shells. You ask the cashier to put both tacos without a shell in a bowl. It will be made like a salad.”

To calculate the carbs you just add the parts. Jodi figures the bowl versions of the mentioned tacos run about three carbs.

Reader Diane Perron says that you can order a Taco salad and not eat the shell, thus cutting out most of the carbs. You can even ask for extra meat and lettuce. Joy wrote in to remind everyone that the Taco Bell meat seasoning includes sugar, and that you should add about 4 carbs to your total.

We would be interested in getting reports on the bowl versions of other tacos. If you have tried them, let us know.

Pepsi, Coke race to market with mid-carb sodas

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Following the news that Coke C2 will be available starting early next month, Pepsi said today that it will launch Pepsi Edge, its own mid-carb soda, in June. Like Coke C2, Pepsi Edge has half the sugar, carbs and calories of regular Pepsi cola. It will be sold in 20-ounce bottles and six packs of 12-ounce cans during the initial roll-out in the U.S. Later in the summer, the drink will also be available in two-liter bottles and 12-packs of cans.

Coke reveals C2 ad campaign

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cokec2bottle.jpgCoca-Cola has unveiled the ad campaign for its new mid-carb Coke C2 soda. According to AdWeek, the ads use music from the Rolling Stones and Queen, and will soon launch in TV, radio, outdoor, cinema and online. The campaign’s tagline is, “Half the carbs. Half the cals. All the great taste.”

bq. The Stones’ rock anthem, “You Can’t Always Get What You Want,” plays in the first spot set to break during the season finale of American Idol on Fox Tuesday and Wednesday. A second spot, set to break in July, will feature Queen’s “I Want to Break Free.”

Marketing teams from Coke will be in Los Angeles, New York, Atlanta, Chicago and Miami this week dispensing samples to consumers. C2, which debuted in Japan two weeks ago, will be on stores shelves in the U.S. by early June.

Pepsi is expected to launch its mid-carb Pepsi Edge later this summer.

Meat stocks on the rise

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Meat-heavy stocks are seeing huge increases thanks in part to low-carb diets. One example is Smithfield Foods Inc. whose stock hit a 52-week high last week. Smithfield Foods is the nation’s largest producer of pork.

Besides the boom-times for meat companies, stocks in high-carb co’s are suffering. The best example is Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, who blamed low-carb dieters for a recent profit adjustment. Stock in KKD has dipped to a three-year low, and the company has even been sued by investors over carbs.

Low-carb fried chicken

Filed under: Low-carb Recipes — Tags: — @ May 23, 2004

There’s a new recipe for low-carb fried chicken on the Low Carb And Lovin’ It website. While we haven’t tried it [yet], it’s making us hungry just thinking about it:

* 3 to 6 cups vegetable oil (more or less depending on pot used)
* 1 whole chicken, cut into 8 pieces, or 3 pounds boneless chicken breast
* 3 eggs
* 1/4 cup heavy cream or water


* 2 1/3 cups soy flour
* 2 teaspoons salt
* 1 teaspoon black pepper
* 1 teaspoon garlic powder
* 1 teaspoon poultry seasoning

There are 13 grams of carbs per serving with 5 grams of fiber, making for 8 net carbs. For baking instructions, click over to the TV show’s website.

Beer, beef profit from low-carb

Filed under: Business — Tags: — @ May 20, 2004

Brewing giant SAB Miller and the U.S. beef industry both credit low-carb dieting for a sharp turnaround in their fortunes. SABMiller said excellent sales of its low-carb Miller Lite beer had helped lift annual profits by nearly 50 percent. The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association said the diets had contributed to a 10 percent rise in beef sales this year.

Bread fighting back

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The American Bakers Association and the North American Millers’ Association are planning a public relations campaign for their carb-heavy products to combat the popularity of low-carb diets.

With the slogan, “Bread. It’s Essential,” the two industry groups, whose companies have baked goods and ingredients sales of more than $60 billion a year, will launch a $4-$5 million per year campaign aimed at doctors and schools.

China getting fat thanks to West

Filed under: Health — Tags: — @ May 19, 2004

An article in today’s USA Today notes that China is quickly bulking up, thanks to an increasing Western influence.

bq. There is perhaps no better way to appreciate how much has changed in China than by examining the people themselves. Consider what today’s Chinese eat and drink. In a country where man-made famine killed 30 million people as recently as the early 1960s, more than one-fifth of adults are now dangerously overweight or obese. The proportion is expected to approach 40% in two decades.

Alcohol consumtion is up 4x over levels in 1978. Other factors mentioned include a more seditary lifestyle and increased fat consumption.

We noted a growing obesity problem with Chinese youth last month (an estimated 10% of Chinese youth are obese).

Study: Low-carb dieters eat more chicken than beef, pork

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The chicken industry has benefited more than beef or pork from the low-carb diet craze, according to a recent study conducted by PKS Research Partners for the National Chicken Council and the U.S. Poultry & Egg Association.

Among those following high-protein, low-carb diets, 62 percent said they were eating more chicken; 31 percent said they were eating more beef; and 28 percent said they were eating more pork.

Low-carb losing steam

Filed under: Business — Tags: — @ May 18, 2004

The Washington Post reports that sales of low-carb products have fallen sharply at independent and health food stores, and some in the industry say a shakeout has begun.

“I do think now we’re on the downside of the roller coaster–and there will be ups again, but not as high,” said Dean Rotbart, editor of LowCarbiz.

Some food manufacturers say they see low-carb becoming part of the broad market for weight-loss products.

“It’s kind of exploded, it’s a trend, and then it becomes, really, a niche,” said Michael Diegel, a spokesman for the Grocery Manufacturers of America Inc. “That’s where it looks like it’s going at this point.”

Low-Carb diet can improve lipid profiles

Filed under: Study — Tags: — @ May 17, 2004

A new study performed out of Duke University Medical Center and published in the latest issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine, researchers found that a low-carbohydrate diet can improve lipid profiles in the body. Subjects that had controlled carb diets had less fat that subjects on a controlled fat diet. Moreover, the level of LDL cholesterol (the bad one) was lower in subjects with a low-carb diet.

Avril Lavigne blames carbs for her angry lyrics

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avril.jpgPop singer Avril Lavigne blames the consumption of too many carbs for her angry song lyrics.

“I was eating bad stuff,” Lavigne said. “Lots of sugar and carbs, junk food all the time. It makes you very irritated. I spent some time with a nutritionist and learned I had low blood sugar. Now I eat accordingly.”

Cracker Barrel adds low-carb menu

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crackerbarrel.jpgCracker Barrel has added a low-carb menu for folks wanting good country cooking, but watching their carb intake.

Low-carb lunch/dinner items:

* Half Pound Bacon Cheeseburger (without bun) – 3g
* Grilled Chicken Salad (without dressing) – 10g
* Grilled Steak Salad (without dressing) – 7g
* Country

Exclusive: Quiznos not revealing nutritional information

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quiznos.jpgDuring the regular review process for Quiznos’ new Toasty Flatbread sandwich line, CarbWire’s Jon Gales attempted to track down complete nutritional information for the items. The official information available from “Quiznos.com”:http://www.quiznos.com only offers net carbohydrates (total carbs less fiber and sugar alcohols). Complete information, including the fiber, sugar alcohols, calories, fats or vitamins is no where to be found.

Some of this info “is available”:http://www.quiznos.com/menu_nutrition.asp for select normal (not Toasty Flatbread) sandwiches. Subway offers this information for its complete line, including its “Atkins Friendly Wraps”:http://subway.com/applications/NutritionInfo/NutritionTemplate.aspx?CountryCode=USA&ID=ATKINS.

Quiznos’ corporate office will not give out the information, stating that net-carbs is all that is being revealed at this time. Our question is: why? If you feel that Quiznos should release the information, please “fill out this form”:http://www.quiznos.com/contactus0.asp?id=1&sid=9999 on their site and say so.

Burger King adds Angus burgers to low-carb menu

Filed under: New Product,Restaurants — Tags: — @ May 14, 2004

Burger King low-carb menu itemsIn addition to its low-carb original Whopper, Whopper Jr., Double Whopper and Chicken Whopper, Burger King is now offering its Angus Steak Burger and Angus Bacon & Cheese in bunless versions.

This is how the menu items stack up in terms of of total carbs:

* Original Whopper – 3g
* Original Whopper w/cheese – 5g
* Double Whopper – 3g
* Double Whopper w/cheese – 5g
* Whopper Jr. – 1g
* Whopper Jr. w/cheese – 2g
* Chicken Whopper – 3g
* Angus Steak Burger – 5g
* Angus Bacon & Cheese – 7g

Brad Pitt used low-carb to train for Troy

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American heart-throb actor Brad Pitt said in an interview with USA Today that he used a low-carb / high-protein diet during the training for his role in Troy. The big budget epic opens today.

bq. Physically, Pitt prepared for the role with a year of intense training. “The first three months were daunting and not fun at all.” His days included two to three hours in the gym, two additional hours of sword work and four high-protein, low-carb meals. As a result, he gained about 10 pounds of brawn.

The best protein for low-carb dieters

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WebMD has put together a list of good sources of protein for low-carb dieters. The site notes that, “Not all protein is equal”, by which it means some protein laden foods come loaded with fat. Included on the site is a sample meal plan.

Pepsi and Coke to make low-carb orange juices

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Minute Maid Premium Light Orange Juice cartonPepsi and Coke love to battle–whether it’s for mid-carb soda or low-carb orange juice. CNN has an article about new brands of orange juice that are made by the company with less sugar:

bq. Coca-Cola said it had begun shipping its Minute Maid Premium Light product, with about half the calories and sugar, to grocery stores and mass merchandisers across the United States… PepsiCo. said Thursday that it was rolling out a revised version of its Tropicana Light ‘n Healthy orange juice product, which debuted in 64-ounce cartons in the United States earlier this year.

We reported last month that sales of Tropicana’s Light ‘n Healthy line helped increase Pepsi’s bottom line.

Mayo Clinic on low-carb jargon

Filed under: Health — Tags: — @ May 13, 2004

The Mayo Clinic has an informative interview with one of its nutrition specialists, Donald Hensrud, M.D. He explains what some of the terms commonly used really mean:

* Net carb – a term not approved or defined by the FDA

Cystal Cruises offers low-carb menu

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Crystal Cruises is the latest cruise ship company to offer its patrons a low-carb menu. Crystal Cruises now has a low-carb menu in every restaurant fleet wide.

Here is a sampling of the new food:

* Tuna Sashimi Salad with Matsuhisa Dressing – 7.4g total carbs
* Trio of Cremes Brulees – 15.3g total carbs
* Ginger and Soy Sauce – 11.5g total carbs

Carnival Cruise Lines launched a similar program last month.


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