I’ll tell you one thing, I’m sick and tired of low-carb everything diet. I ignore it, laugh at it, but come on already. Now we have low-carb wine?
Low-carb has nothing to do with healthy eating and everything to do with good marketing, selling books, quick and easy diets. Nothing has changed since I took the chemistry-based nutrition class in college where we took food apart molecule by molecule to learn about what food really is and what it does after you eat it. I’ve always been in to “healthy” eating, but I allow myself to eat what I want with the “moderation is the key” rule.
So I can’t wait until this fad goes away. In this age of food engineering, additives, chemicals, pesticides and who knows what else that ends up in our food, we should really do our research before giving in to another fad diet, after all… you ARE what you EAT.
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Some good articles I found at the mayo clinic web site:
Low-carbohydrate diets: Are they safe and effective?
Carbs, low-carbs: A Mayo Clinic specialist cuts through the confusion
Diet Fads over the years
1967: Eat fat to lose fat
Dr. Irwin Stillman's "The Doctor's Quick Weight Loss Diet" encourages a strict diet of meat, eggs and cheese. The diet leaves some followers in a state of ketosis, with bad breath, constipation and weakness. Stillman died of a heart attack in 1975.
1970s: The Atkins 'Revolution'
Cardiologist Dr. Robert Atkins introduces his protein-based "diet revolution" and it catches on in a major way. Despite criticism from the American Medical Association for the diet's large portions of fats and cholesterol, Atkins pens a similar book in 1992, "Dr. Atkins' New Diet Revolution," which also became a best-seller.
1977: Shake it up
Daniel Abraham launches Slim-Fast, a diet milkshake that promises quick weight loss when dieters drink it instead of eating breakfast or lunch. A protein diet scare -- in which 59 people died -- in the late 1970s spurs the government to pull Slim-Fast and other protein diet products off shelves, but the milkshake quickly rebounds in the 1980s as liquid diets become all the rage.
1979: Cut the cholesterol
Californian Nathan Pritikin pens the hugely popular "Pritikin Program for Diet and Exercise," which claims that exercise and a low-fat diet can reverse cardiovascular disease. Cardiologist Dr. Dean Ornish later seconds this claim and publishes the popular heart-healthy "Life Choice" diet in 1993.
1981: Enzyme magic
After hearing a voice that commanded her to pull her car off the freeway and head to a health food store, Judy Mazel writes the best-selling "The Beverly Hills Diet," which lists digestion as the key to weight loss. Mazel identifies tropical fruits as the most-easily digested foods and recommends a diet of papayas, pineapples and bananas. "The more time you spend on the toilet, the better," she says. Critics charge that Mazel's book is no more than the marketing of anorexia nervosa.
1981: Liquid danger
Figure-enhancement entrepreneur Jack Feather develops the Cambridge Diet, an extremely low-calorie liquid diet that puts users in danger because it doesn't offer enough protein to keep the body from feeding on its own muscles and organs. The Food and Drug Administration forces Feather's company to stop selling the diet drinks after 30 people on the diet die of heart attacks.
1993: Popcorn pusher
Spiky-haired dynamo Susan Powter motors onto the infomercial circuit, hawking her book, "Stop the Insanity," and promoting a weight loss plan that slims by cutting out high-fat foods. "You can eat popcorn until you throw up," she says.
1996: Cabbage craze
Photocopied versions of the Cabbage Soup Diet circulate, allowing dieters to eat all the cabbage soup they want (or can stand) plus fruit. The diet, which sometimes falsely bills itself as the "American Heart Association Diet for Overweight Heart Patients," promises its followers will shed 10 to 17 pounds in a week.
2003: Miami as model
After a series of low-carb fads (including the rebirth of the Atkins Diet and 1995's best-selling "The Zone"), Dr. Arthur Agatson, a cardiologist, tells dieters that he strikes a balance between low-carb and low-fat in his best-selling "The South Beach Diet."