Big Boy Restaurants takes the low-carb plunge

Filed under: Restaurants — @ March 12, 2004

Big Boy Restaurants joins a small but growing group of eateries to cater to low-carb dieters. You will soon be able to order from three low-carb seafood entrees. All of the entrees are under 10 net carbs:

* Broiled Seafood Platter – Lightly seasoned cod, scallops and shrimp
broiled to perfection $8.99 – net carbs 9.45g
* Broiled Scallops – $6.99 – net carbs 9.75g
* Garden Vegetable Cod – Center-cut cod fillet $7.99 – net carbs 7.2g

Krispy Kreme to offer low-carb doughnut

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Krispy Kreme is the latest company to announce plans for a low-carb product. The company said it is creating a low-sugar doughnut.

bq. Krispy Kreme hopes that the low-carb alternative will attract dieter and diabetics. Just one Krispy Kreme Hot Original Glazed doughnut has 200 calories, 12 grams of fat and 10 grams of sugar. It was unclear just how much fat and sugar would be in the new creation. The “healthy” doughnuts are due out before the end of the year.

New Diet Revolution #2 for past 10 years

Filed under: Atkins Diet — Tags: — @ March 11, 2004

According to USA Today, Dr. Atkins’ New Diet Revolution is the second best seller since it started tracking book sales ten years ago.

The South Beach Diet sits at #3 on the list for last week, down from #1 last week. It is #23 on the list for the last 10 years.

Low-carb fad takes over the U.S.

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More signs that the low-carb craze is really taking over America: according to a new study by the Valen Group, some 59 million Americans

Mock Mashed Potatoes

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

An oldie but a goodie. Cooked cauliflower processed with sour cream. Garnish with grated cheese and fresh minced chives. Total carbs: 5.5g

bq. 2 cups cauliflower, finely chopped
1 tablespoon sour cream, or more to taste
1 tablespoon butter
Salt and pepper to taste
Yields 2 servings

Visit All Recipes for the complete directions.

GNC now stocking Carbsense Foods’ products

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Carbsense Foods inked a deal with General Nutrition Centers (GNC) to add Carbsense Foods’ products to more than 1,400 GNC stores. Giant Foods, Wal-Mart, Kroger and more already carry the more than 40 Carbsense Foods products.

Atkins diet ‘could increase gout risk’

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Meat-rich diets such as Atkins could increase the risk of developing gout, according to a 12-year study of over 47,000 men in the New England Journal of Medicine.

bq. Dubbed the “disease of kings” because of its link to rich food and alcohol, it affects around a quarter of a million people in the UK. Gout usually affects the big toe and is the most common form of inflammatory arthritis in men

Low-carb gimmicks leave you fatter and poorer

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CNBC has an excellent article on new products falsely claiming to be low on carbohydrates. The publication says consumers should be on the look out for: new labels on old products; tricky labeling (“carb-friendly” instead of “low-carb”); marketing of net carbs; and dietary supplements that claim to block the absorption of carbs.

Former Atkins associate opens health center

Filed under: Atkins Diet,Business — Tags: — @ March 10, 2004

Dr. Keith Berkowitz, who was the personal doctor of Dr. Atkins, is opening a diet and health center in Rockefeller Center. The Center for Balanced Health will combine the Atkins diet with Berkowitz’s personal beliefs.

Number of low-carb products explodes

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According to Market researcher Mintel International, there are 970 low-carb products currently on sale worldwide versus only 98 just two years ago. Experts predict a US$25 billion market in the next five years. Atkins CEO Paul Wolff recently said that he expects 2004 sales to double last year’s total, and said his company will offer twice the number of products that it does today (a little more than 100).

‘Chicago’ loves Atkins At Home

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Atkins has issued a press release touting the fact that cast and crew members of Broadway’s hit show “Chicago” are taking advantage of the Atkins At Home service.

bq. Many of these performers are learning that controlling carbs according to the Atkins Nutritional Approach (ANA) gives them an edge over their previous nutrition choices. The cast is learning the rules and benefits of the ANA thanks to Atkins At Home. Recently launched in New York City, Atkins at Home provides gourmet meals delivered daily to customers who follow a controlled-carbohydrate lifestyle. Surprisingly, it’s not just people who want to slim down benefiting from this service.

Low-carb chocolate cupcakes with creamy frosting

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Chocolate cupcakes that actually sound tasty. CarbWire hasn’t made it into the kitchen lately (launching a new website keeps you busy), so feel free to let us know your thoughts if you decide to make these. Total carbs: 3 per cupcake unfrosted, 6 frosted.

bq. Cupcakes:
2 cups almond flour
1 cup Splenda. sweetener
6 tablespoons butter
1/8 teaspoon cream of tartar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
5 eggs, separated
2 teaspoons baking powder
5 tablespoons cocoa

1 package Jello Sugar Free Vanilla pudding
1 (8 oz.) container mascarpone or cream cheese
1 cup heavy cream
3 pkts Splenda.
Half ‘n Half (to thin to make spreadable if needed)

Visit International Recipes Online for the directions.

Study: Obesity an epidemic in U.S.

Filed under: Study — @ March 9, 2004

According to a study released Tuesday by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, obesity is closing in on tobacco as the nation’s No. 1 preventable killer.

bq. A poor diet and physical inactivity caused 400,000 deaths in 2000, a 33 percent jump over 1990, the study said. Tobacco-related deaths in the same period climbed by less than 9 percent and the gap between the two narrowed substantially. The report predicts obesity will surpass tobacco if current trends continue.

Atkins widow vows revenge on critics

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Following a series of personal attacks, Veronica Atkins, the widow of Dr. Robert Atkins, has vowed to go after anyone who criticizes the life or work of her late husband.


Pepsi to introduce new ‘mid-carb’ soda

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pepsi.gifPepsi said on Tuesday that it will introduce a new soda with 50 percent less sugar and carbohydrates than its regular cola. The new soda, called Pepsi Edge, will be released nationally this summer.

bq. Pepsi, which has seen strong growth from its Frito-Lay snack business and new soft drinks such as Mountain Dew Code Red, has been searching for ways to revitalize its trademark Pepsi cola brand.

The new product is designed for consumers who are watching their weight but do not want to switch to diet drinks, which contain no calories or carbohydrates. Pepsi Edge uses a combination of Splenda (an artificial sweetener like Equal) and high fructose corn syrup as its sweeteners.

Update: Coke will soon launch a mid-carb product dubbed Coke C2 to compete with Pepsi Edge.

Ruby Tuesday to list nutritional info on menus

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rubytuesday.gifRuby Tuesday announced today that it will begin featuring nutritional information about all of its meals directly on its menu as it aims to appeal to health-conscious customers. The restaurant chain’s menus will provide data on calories, fat, carbs and fiber for every item offered. The new menus will appear in all 700 of its North American restaurants next month.

McDonald’s plans low-carb sandwiches

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mcdonalds.gifMcDonald’s plans to offer low-carb versions of its sandwiches and introduce a salad designed to attract customers who prefer more healthful foods. The hamburger giant is also expected to test five or six new products in 2005, including chicken flatbread and deli sandwiches.

bq. McDonald’s will start selling low-carbohydrate sandwiches within two months and a salad with beef and Newman’s Own salsa dressing later this year. Chief Executive James Cantalupo’s focus on improving food quality has led to 11 straight months of sales gains as the chain takes business from No. 2, Burger King Corp., which has announced plans of its own to sell low-carbohydrate Whoppers without the bun.

Food Lion introduces low-carb ice cream

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foodlion.gifFood Lion announced Monday that its has added three new low-carb flavors to its Healthy Delight ice cream line. The new flavors

Buyout: Sunset Brands swallows Low Carb Creations

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

Sunset Brands has announced plans to acquire Low Carb Creations, makers of low-carb sweets. No financial details were released.

bq. Low Carb Creations will provide us with an assortment of products to meet the increasing demand for great-tasting, wholesome, reduced-carbohydrate alternatives of the foods people love most.

Low-carb? Fat chance

Filed under: Restaurants — Tags: — @

fatchance.jpgIt’s easy to forget, but the low-carb craze still hasn’t reached numerous parts of the U.S. And, of course, many Americans have simply dismissed the diets in favor of their old standbys. In Texas, mom-and-pop restaurants are still serving tons of potatoes and deep-fried goodness


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