Wednesday, June 23, 2004

Well, well, who ever woulda thunk it.
Popular low-carbohydrate diets are leading Americans to poor health and are spawning a rip-off industry of "carb-friendly" products, health experts and consumer advocates said yesterday.

They announced a new group, called the Partnership for Essential Nutrition, to help educate Americans about the need for healthy carbohydrates such as vegetables, fruits, beans and whole grains.

"When unproven science becomes a sales pitch, some people get rich and the rest of us get ripped off," Jeffrey Prince of the American Institute for Cancer Research told a news conference. . . .

Prince said low-carb diets that advocate piling on the animal protein and fat are "increasing the risk of developing cancer, heart disease, stroke, type-2 diabetes and other chronic diseases." . . .

"Losing weight on these extreme low-carb diets can lead to such serious health problems as kidney stress, liver disorders and gout," the group advises.
I'm shocked to learn that eating bacon all day long is somehow bad for my health.

Partnership for Essential Nutrition estimates that around 19% of American adults are on these stupid "low carb" diets. That comes to around 37 million people. Muliply that by the findings of the National Consumer League that these dieters spend on average $85 per month on special "low carb" foods (I wonder how much of that is re-labeled Lite beer?), and you've got a $38 billion a year food scam going.

And that aint small low-starch faux potatoes.

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