AR-News: US foodmakers see shift from low-carb extremes

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Thu Feb 19 15:31:50 EST 2004

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (Reuters) - U.S. foodmakers are scrambling to satisfy
consumer clamorings for low-carbohydrate products, but also see a move
toward more balanced eating that could spell doom for the strictest
low-carb diets such as Atkins.
The Atkins diet, which tells followers they may eat liberal amounts of
bacon, eggs, cream and other high-fat products, is widely considered to be
the most extreme low-carb diet.

Advocates for the diet insist it does not threaten cholesterol levels. But
recent findings that the diet's founder, Dr. Robert Atkins, suffered from
heart disease and was overweight when he died last year, have started to
raise some concerns, executives said.
The negative reports about Atkins, which prompted a flurry of headlines
across the globe labeling him "Dr. Fatkins," come on top of numerous
public attacks by low-fat diet gurus such as Dr. Dean Ornish and nutrition
advocacy groups.

Late last year, the vegetarian group Physician's Committee for Responsible
Medicine created buzz by saying the Atkins diet could lead to heart
disease and may have contributed to the death of one teen-age dieter.

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