Folate could prevent cardiovascular disease

Filed under: Study — Tags: — @ March 7, 2004

Folate, a vitamin that has been added to flour since 1996 to prevent birth defects, has been shown to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. The study estimates it prevents 48,000 deaths a year, though there can be no way to tell the actual number. The topic needs more research before more concrete results can be found.

Since low-carb diets don’t make room for much flour, this news could be troubling. But, folate is also present in a daily multivitamin, which should be an important part of your daily routine. A study from last week provided evidence that Folate helped prevent Ovarian cancer.

Folate is a form of water-soluble vitamin-B.

Vending machines to go low-carb

Filed under: Site News — @ March 5, 2004

Tired of having only carb-filled food stocked in the office snack machine? You just may get lucky. Pure Foods LLC, a Beverly Hills based company, is marketing a new machine with 17 snacks and eight low-carb beverages.

Baja Bob’s ultimate margarita

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bajabobsmix.jpgThis recipe is via Baja Bob, maker of the low-carb bar mix. The margarita is aimed at those who want refreshing flavor without all the sweetness and calories of a regular margarita. Each of the Baja Bob’s drink mixes contains approximately 1/3 the calories of regular mixes and only one to four grams of carbohydrates.

bq. Squeeze the juice of 1 Mexican lime or key lime (the little yellow ones) into a shaker
1 Part Tequila
1/4 Part Controy (use Triple Sec if you can’t find Controy)
Shake Briskly.
Pour over ice.
Salt Rim of Drinking Glass (optional)

Low-carb not for kids

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WebMD is running an article citing new research that low-carb diets in children are likely causes of weight problems in their teen years. The research came from the Framingham Children’s Study.

The study also noted that one good way to prevent teenage obesity is to increase the intake of dairy products in 3-5 year-olds.

Carbohydrate labeling is tricky

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The Food Consulting Company is trying to stir up business by warning companies that labeling items for carbohydrates is tricky:

bq. FDA regulations for nutrient content claims permit labels to describe the level of certain nutrients in a product using the term low, but FDA has not established values for carbohydrate in relation to claims; therefore, the term “low” cannot be used in association with the term carbohydrate or “carb” on food labels.

South Beach Diet currently #1 best seller

Filed under: South Beach Diet — @ March 4, 2004

The South Beach Diet is the #1 top selling book in America acccording to USA Today. It took the top slot from smash-hit novel The Da Vinci Code.

Dr. Atkins

South Beach Diet hits India

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The Times Of India is running a piece about the newest thing to hit Indian culture–the South Beach Diet.

bq. It’s the diet that helped former US president Bill Clinton lose 15 kg. Now it may help throngs of plump Indian women fit into dream thongs.

After the now famous and infamous Atkins diet that advocated dropping carbohydrates for proteins, the South Beach Diet is creating waves across the world.

Negative effects of food additives greater for low-carb dieters

Filed under: Study — @ March 3, 2004

An eBook by the Consumer Wellness Research Center states that people following low-carb diets are especially susceptible to the health damaging effects of certain food additives. Obviously, more research should be done.

bq. The book discusses how several food additives are especially worrisome to the health of low-carb dieters. First, the book takes a new look at sodium nitrite, an additive found in virtually all bacon, sausage and processed meat products.

Coors launches Aspen Edge low-carb light lager

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Coors announced that it is today launching Aspen Edge, a super-premium, low-carb light lager. The new brew is available in Delaware, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Vermont, Maryland, Virginia, Maine, and Texas. Look for Aspen Edge to go nationwide by the end of Summer.

Citrus industry rethinks low-carb attacks

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Citrus industry leaders are rethinking a negative ad campaign targeted at low-carb diets. The spots which are yet unaired have sparked controversy.

bq. One prospective ad, called “grease,” showed a spokesman frying bacon, sausage and other breakfast meats, then pouring the fat from the skillet into an 8-ounce glass. The spokesman then squeezes an orange into another glass and remarks that some people think “this” (the glass of fat) is healthy while the glass of orange juice is not.

Some Florida schools to put kids on Atkins

Filed under: Low-carb side effects — @ February 14, 2004

Schools in Palm Beach and Broward counties (both in Southern Florida) will put their students on Atkins-style diets in the coming weeks. The reason? A massive standardized test dubbed the FCAT. The hope is that the low-carb diet will boost scores.

SlimFast sales hurt by low-carb

Filed under: Business — @ February 13, 2004

Sales of once-popular SlimFast diet shakes are down due to the popularity of low-carb diets. We wouldn’t be surprised to see Atkins friendly shakes coming from SlimFast soon.

Atkins friendly Valentines fare

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In honor of Valentines day, we offer up recipes that are both low in carbs and high in flavor:

* Lovers’ Flutes
* Shrimp-and-Scallop Salad with Fennel
* Beef Filet with Bacon and Gorgonzola Butter
* Chocolate-Mousse Mini Cheesecakes

Quick summary of hot diets

Filed under: In The News — @ February 11, 2004

The Star Tribune has a quick summary of each of the hot diets. Included are Atkins, South Beach, Dr. Phil, The Zone and Weight Watchers. Atkins, South Beach and The Zone all have to do with controlling carb intake.

Long-term low-carb

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USA Today has a feature in today’s issue about long-tim low-carb dieters. We all know from reading book’s like Dr. Atkin’s Diet Revolution that low-carb is for life (if you want to keep the pounds off), but far too many people stop it at some point.

The article focuses on long-term health, but doesn’t have any real conclusions.

Report: Dr. Atkins obese

Filed under: In The News — @ February 10, 2004

There is a report out today that Dr. Atkins was obese at the time of his death. The Wall Street Journal said that the medical report listed Atkins’ weight at the time of his death as 258 pounds. The family contends that the doctor put on over 60 pounds after he fell into a coma.

USA Today counters the Journal with an article that follows with the family’s statement.

Nut business booming

Filed under: Business — @ February 7, 2004

Thanks in part to the popularity of low-carb diets, the nut industry is booming. The parent company to Fisher Nut has seen its stock rise 400% in the last year.

bq. Nuts have long been a slow-growth business, with sales flattening when low-fat diets are fashionable. Recent years, though, have provided a bonanza of publicity for the industry.

Pizza makers mull low-carb crust

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The AP has a piece that’s going around media circles about low-carb pizza. The idea is that 32 million pizza-hungry dieters would jump on the chance to get a piece of tasty low-carb pie. Right now it looks to be the smaller shops, but we wouldn’t be surprised to see the big boys jump on soon.

Summary of low-carb diets

Filed under: Health — Tags: — @ February 6, 2004

There are a lot of low-carb diets out there. Although they all work off basically the same premise, here’s a quick wrap up of the two most popular (Atkins and South Beach):


The most famous of all low-carb diets, and probably the most popular diet of all time. Dr. Atkins’ program started the trend with his bestseller New Diet Revolution. The program focuses on cutting down carbs for life, which leads to an overall more healthy life style.

  1. Why Atkins works – Humans aren’t well adapted at consuming foods high in refined carbs. By watching carbs, we can burn stored fat. 
  2. How to do Atkins–Today and for Life – One of the keys to Atkins is that is a life long journey. It’s important to know how to keep it up, and enjoy it.
  3. Understanding Health and Well Being – Starts off with a description of metabolic resistance to weight loss. For a lot of people, this is a refreshing chapter to read. Your extra weight might not be because of your diet or exercise habits. Even better, Dr. Atkins shows how to overcome metabolic resistance to weight loss. The next chapters focus on other important “must haves” for weight loss, including the importance of exercise.
  4. Disease prevention – Low-carb diets are shown to help various diseases, including diabetes.
  5. Food and recipes – A ton of recipes are given, which is a real help. Most people are used to cooking with lots of carbs, so it takes a little getting used to. No matter your taste, Dr. Atkins provides recipes to your liking in this chapter.

South Beach Diet

South Beach Diet cover
Written by Dr. Arthur Agatston, The South Beach Diet is one of the hottest books in the country. It takes the philosophy popularized by Dr. Atkins and adds a more healthful spin on things. Dr. Agatson is a cardiologist by trade, which gives him authority while talking about the subjects of saturated fats and cholesterol.

Dr. Agaston takes issue with the higher amounts of saturated fat found in the diet of most Atkins followers. He provides a more healthy alternative that is quickly winning a lot of fans.

Like The New Diet Revolution, many recipes are included in The South Beach Diet.

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