Carbophobia: The Scary Truth about America's Low-Carb Craze

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Lantern Books, 2005 - Health & Fitness - 162 pages
Everywhere you go these days, it seems, the Atkins "A" can be found. In the first six months of 2004, no fewer than 1,864 new "low-carb" products were launched-everything from low-carb pasta to low-carb gummy bears. Yet warnings from medical authorities continue to pour in. How have low-carb diet gurus managed to mislead millions of people onto a diet opposed by so many-including the American Dietetic Association, the American Medical Association, the National Academy of Sciences, the American Cancer Society, the American Heart Association, and the National Institutes of Health? In the first book of its kind, Dr. Michael Greger draws together decades of research to decisively debunk the purported "science" behind the low-carb claims. Carbophobia documents just how ineffective the Atkins Diet and other low-carb plans have been in producing sustainable weight loss, and lists the known hazards inherent to the diet. This is not a case of academic "he said/she said." It is a case of major food industry players choosing to ignore all the current evidence-based dietary recommendations to protect their financial interests no matter what the human cost. Book jacket.
 

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Oh, the jury is definitely IN! A low-carb study of over 100,000 people followed from the 1980s to 2006 by researchers at Harvard and published in the Annals of Internal Medicine in 2010 (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20820038) concluded: "A low-carbohydrate diet based on animal sources was associated with higher all-cause mortality in both men and women, whereas a vegetable-based low-carbohydrate diet was associated with lower all-cause and cardiovascular disease mortality rates."
This author is a Cornell-grad medical doctor and reknown nutrition expert. He was way ahead of the curve on this one.
 

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Don't need to spend too much time on this except to say that the man obviously doesn't understand simple science. The jury is out. Time will dump ignoramuses like this.
The only way I can come to terms with his efforts is that he must be in someone's or some corporation's pocket.

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Contents

ANTIQUE FOOD FAD
1
FAULTY SCIENCE
7
ALL LONGTERM STUDIES ON ATKINS A WASH
17
SHORTTERM SIDE EFFECTS
24
LONGTERM SIDE EFFECTS
32
THE SAFER ALTERNATIVE
54
THE ATKINS CORPORATION RESPONDS
65
REFERENCES
105
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Michael Greger was born on October 25, 1972. He is a graduate of Cornell University School of Agriculture and Tufts University School of Medicine. He writes and speaks on health issues. His subjects include animal agriculture, nutrition and human health. He promotes a vegan diet. Dr. Greger serves as the Director of Public Health and Animal Agriculture for the Humane Society of the United States and Humane Society International. He also runs the popular website NutritionFacts.org.

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