McDonald’s to expand bunless burger sales

Filed under: Restaurants — Tags: — @ April 8, 2004

mcdonalds.gifWhile some McDonald’s have had bunless burgers and chicken sandwiches for several months, the company said today it plans to offer the low-carb versions nationally by early next month. Costing the same as the regular sandwich, the burger patties will come on a bed of lettuce in a small salad bowl, with a knife and fork.

“This is about consistent presentation,” said McDonald’s spokesman Bill Whitman. He also said that McDonald’s doesn’t plan to advertise the option or place it on menu boards. Restaurant brochures will note it, however.

Obesity prevention implemented in North Carolina

Filed under: Health — Tags: — @

The North Carolina Health & Wellness Trust Fund Commission has teamed up with Blue Cross and Blue Shield to launch a three-year program called “Fit Together” which aims to fight obesity in the state, where more than half of adults are overweight. The $4.5 million initiative will include a public education campaign, consisting of advertising and other communications to the public and a Web site.

bq. One of Fit Together’s goal is to let people know that being “fit” doesn’t necessarily mean going to the gym everyday. It means being active through activities such as walking the dog, gardening, pushing a child in a baby stroller, mowing the lawn or playing outside.

Easter Crown Roast Rack of Lamb

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

The “Eats & Drinks” section of the Detroit News has another low-carb lamb recipe that will make for a great Easter feast–Crown Roast Rack of Lamb With Garlic and Rosemary.

* 2 racks of lamb, about 8 to 9 bones each
* 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
* 8 large garlic cloves cut into fine, paper-thin slices
* 2 tablespoons picked fresh rosemary leaves
* Sea salt
* Freshly ground black pepper
* 2 cups light vegetable or poultry stock
* 2 cups dry red wine
* 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
* 1 bunch of rosemary for garnish

The recipe makes 4 generous servings of about 4 grams of carbohydrates each. Complete directions are available here.

Last week, we noted a delicious recipe for Butterflied Leg of Lamb.

Jack in the Box intros interactive nutrition info

Filed under: Restaurants — Tags: — @ April 7, 2004

Fast food chain Jack in the Box today introduced a new tool on its website that allows you to customize and order and then look at its nutrition contents. For example, you can order a regular hamburger, cut out the bun and notice that it loses 27 of its 30 carbohydrates.

The tool is quite customizable and will hopefully set a standard in the industry.

Study: Guinness beer is good for you

Filed under: Study — Tags: — @ April 6, 2004

Compared to other popular beers, Guinness offers fewer calories, fewer carbohydrates, and protection against heart attacks, blindness and maybe even impotence, according to a new study.

bq. Guinness, in fact, is lower in alcohol, calories and carbs than Samuel Adams, Budweiser, Heineken and almost every other major-brand beer not classified as light or low-carb. It has fewer calories and carbs than low-fat milk and orange juice, too.

Trademark list reveals ‘carb’ is buzzword of 2003

Filed under: In The News — Tags: — @

According to a roundup of last year’s trademark filings from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office as compiled by intellectual property attorney Glenn Gundersen, everyone wants a piece of the low-carb pie. Here is a sampling:

* Low carb lifestyle
* Carb conscious
* Carb helper
* Carb partners
* Carbuddies
* Carb support
* Carb kickers
* Carb crusher
* Carb breaker

There are a lot more, which just goes to show how hot low-carb diets became in 2003.

Americans weigh in on food pyramid

Filed under: Health — Tags: — @ April 5, 2004

A revised version of the federal Food Guide Pyramid–the well-known graphic that aims to simplify food intake–is expected to be released in early 2005. U.S. consumers and special interest groups offering suggestions for revising the nutritional icon submitted over 600 pages of letters, e-mails and drawings to the U.S. Department of Agriculture last fall.

bq. The national debate on carbohydrates was reflected, with carb-friendly industries cautioning against sticking them with the dreaded top of the pyramid–the smallest slot, reserved for foods deemed less healthy.

Meanwhile, promoters of the low-carb Atkins Diet began a media blitz this week with full-page ads of their food pyramid in major newspapers and magazines. Breads and cereals are relegated to the pyramid’s peak.

Study: Most low-carb dieters eat too many carbs

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According to a new survey, most low-carb dieters are actually eating more carbs than such diets recommend. The study of 11,000 consumers released by market research firm NPD Group Monday said only one out of every four low-carb dieters “are actually significantly cutting carbs.”

bq. But adults who are reducing their carb intakes are still eating about 128 grams of refined carbohydrates a day, the study found. That compares with the estimated 20 to 50 grams of carbs per day recommended by some low-carb diets. Refined carbohydrates are total carbs minus dietary fiber.

Beverly Hills gourmet low-carb store opens

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

Pure Foods LLC is opening up a Beverly Hills based gourmet low-carb store, dubbed the Pure Foods Gourmet Emporium. On April 16th and 17th, patrons who purchase more than $20 worth of food will get a free lunch. Here is a small sampling of what the high-end store will stock:

* New York Bagels by H&H Bagels
* Smoked Scottish salmon by Chef Daniel Boulud
* Original New York Cheesecake by Carnegie Deli
* Preserves by Sarabeth’s Kitchen
* Zabar’s World Famous Coffee
* Hundreds of gourmet sauces; dressings and fine foods from around the world

Look for it at 350 North Canon Drive next to Rite Aid in Beverly Hills.

Chick-fil-A testing low-carb sandwich

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Chick-fil-A, the nations second largest chicken chain behind KFC, will begin testing a new low-carb sandwich in three markets. The markets are unannounced, but the test should go through May. If all goes well, we should see a Char-Grilled chicken sandwich with a low-carb bun in all markets by the end of the year.

Dieting giants struggling against low-carb craze

Filed under: Business — Tags: — @ April 4, 2004

The Washington Post has published a thorough article on how low-carb diets are affecting traditional weight-loss programs such as Weight Watchers, Jenny Craig and Slim-Fast. For example, sales of Slim-Fast’s traditional meal-replacement shakes and powders slipped 27 percent last year. Jenny Craig sales have been flat or declining for much of the past five years. And Weight Watchers membership fell 3.1 percent in the fourth quarter of 2003, while product sales were down 8 percent.

Review: Heinz One Carb Ketchup

Filed under: CarbWire Review — Tags: — @ April 3, 2004

heinzonecarb.jpgHeinz’s One Carb Ketchup, which, as the name implies, contains only one gram of carbs per serving, is quite possibly the best product out there in terms of tasting like the original. We can’t say much about the ketchup in this review, because it is nearly indistinguishable from the traditional version of America’s favorite condiment–even in consistency. If we had to pick out one difference, it would have to be that One Carb had a slightly stronger tomato taste.

So if you’re like us and have consumed authentic Heinz ketchup since the womb, you will love Heinz One Carb. With 75 percent fewer carbs (and sugar) than the original Heinz ketchup, One Carb should be in the fridge of every low-carb dieter. Now your only problem is trying to find something to use it on.

While price varies by market, expect to pay slightly more than the original–we paid $2.49 for the 14 ounce bottle.

Sportservice unveils low-carb items at ballparks

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

MLB LogoBaseball fans won’t have to break their diets to enjoy a good day at the ballpark–Sportsevice announced several new low-carb items for various teams across the country. Sportservice provides concessions at over 50 stadiums and arenas in North America.

* St. Louis Cardinals’ Busch Stadium – grilled veggie and chicken Caesar wraps, lettuce-wrapped burgers, braised pork ‘wings’, made-from-scratch Nantucket clam chowder, orange-glazed pork tenderloin, sauteed prawns pescatori
* Cleveland Indians’ Jacobs Field – stir-fry, broiled meats and seafood, bison burgers, grilled salmon, chicken breast and guilt-free turkey hot dogs, available on Schwebel’s low-carb buns or a lettuce leaf and served with a side salad
* San Diego Padres’ new PETCO Park – Hunan chicken, hummus wraps, Szechwan dumplings and tangerine peel beef, California wraps, grilled tuna steak sandwiches and veggie burgers
* Texas Rangers’ Ballpark in Arlington – Turkey wraps, fresh salads and
cracked black pepper sausages
* Toronto Blue Jays’ SkyDome – Veggie dogs and burgers, fruit cups, low-carb beer and salads
* Chicago White Sox’ U.S. Cellular Field – steak pita
* Cincinnati Reds’ Great American Ball Park – specialty
burgers, farm-raised chicken, panini sandwiches and other hearty meat entrees

Britney Spears having hard time with carbs

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Britney SpearsPop singer Britney Spears is reportedly having weight troubles. The singer ordered that her latest tour promo photos be edited to cut out her growing buldge. Also in the story, Spears’ personal trainer states, “She also needs complex carbs such as brown rice, veg and wholegrain breads.”

This isn’t the first bit of controversy for the Onyx Hotel Tour–it has been catching heat for its sexual themes.

Atkins gives Easter / Passover recipies

Filed under: Atkins Diet,Low-carb Recipes — Tags: — @

The April issue of the Controlled-Carbohydrate Nutrition & Food
Newsletter, provided by Atkins Health & Medical Information Services gives some helpful tips to help overcome the urge to cheat during Easter or Passover. Included is a recipe for Butterflied Leg of Lamb that is making us look for the nearest oven:

* 1 1/2 slices Atkins Bakery(TM) Country White Bread
* 1 butterflied leg of lamb (about 3 1/2 pounds trimmed, 5 pounds untrimmed)
* 1 teaspoon salt
* 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
* 1 teaspoon chopped fresh rosemary
* 1/4 cup Dijon mustard
* 2 garlic cloves, chopped
* 1/3 cup chopped fresh parsley

The recipe has just 1.5 grams of net carbohydrates and a massive 43 grams of protein, making it available to all Atkins followers. For directions, click here.

You can view the full Controlled-Carbohydrate Nutrition & Food
Newsletter here.

Ten percent of China’s children are obese

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

A new study from the Chinese government states that 10 percent of China’s youth are obese, and even more scary–the figure is rising at 8 percent a year.

bq. Experts are calling for increased awareness about the rising numbers of obese children, and called for a balanced diet and physical exercise to help control the weight of kids, the Xinhua news agency said.

Some 14.8 percent of boys in primary schools are obese, and some 13.2 percent more are overweight, with the proportions for girls standing at nine percent and 11 percent, respectively, Xinhua said.

Food Network to premiere ‘Low Carb and Lovin’ It’

Filed under: Television — Tags: — @

Food Network has announced a new daytime low-carb television show–”Low Carb and Lovin’ It.” The show will be hosted by George Stella, a professional chef who shed more than 200 pounds by going on the Atkins diet. Low Carb and Lovin’ It premieres Sunday, May 9 at 12:00 p.m. ET/PT.

bq. For all those who have struggled to lose weight and failed: Meet George Stella, the low carb chef. Once weighing in at 465 pounds, George transformed his life with controlled carbohydrate eating. Now he shares his secrets to successful weight loss, proving that the low carb lifestyle doesn

Entenmann’s intros Carb Counting line

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Entenmann’s teamed up with Atkins Nutritionals, to make a new line of baked sweets for low-carb dieters. The selection of six cakes, cookies and brownies, called Entenmann’s Carb Counting, recently debuted in supermarkets nationwide.

* Blueberry Breakfast Muffins – 9 grams net carbs per muffin. (Suggested retail: $4.49);
* Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies – 9 grams net carbs per 3-cookie serving. (Suggested retail: $3.99);
* Fabulous Fudge Nut Brownie – 8 grams net carbs per serving. (Suggested retail: $4.99);
* Crumb Topped French Butter Cake – 9 grams net carbs per serving slice. (Suggested retail: $4.99);
* Chocolate Chip & Nut Loaf – 9 grams net carbs per serving slice. (Suggested retail: $4.79);
* Moist & Luscious Butter Loaf – 9 grams net carbs per serving slice. (Suggested retail: $3.99).

Mission Foods announces new tortillas

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Mission Foods today introduced a new line of low-carb tortillas that are lower in net carbohydrates and higher in protein than regular tortillas. Each New Mission Low Carb Fajita Tortilla has 5 grams of net carbs.

bq. Available in Soft Taco and Fajita sizes, and also in Whole Wheat versions in Fajita and Burrito sizes, the four new varieties open up a whole new world of meal options for those who don’t want to give up bread products, but are unhappy with the options available in the market today. According to Supermarket Guru, low-carb bread is the second best-selling low-carb product after protein bars.

Look for them in supermarkets nationwide.

Frozen pizza market burned by low-carb diets

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According to a new study, low-carb dieting is the primary reason for the recent stagnation in frozen pizza sales.

bq. Although the U.S. market for frozen pizzas controlled nearly $3.7 billion, or 27%, of retail sales in the $13.4 billion market for frozen meals, snacks, and appetizers in 2003, growth in the category is expected to slow to $4.3 billion by 2008.



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