Okay, maybe I’m being a bit dramatic with that title. While the Atkins company, which sells low-carb foods as well as low-carb diets, filed chapter 11 on Monday, it still plans to stay in business by targeting “consumers who are concerned about health and wellness.” That means they will continue to promote their low-carb philosophy, even though most of us who are interested in health and fitness don’t see things their way.
Some interesting stats in the article: Interest in low-carb dieting peaked early last year with almost 10% of Americans cutting carbs. By November, the figure had fallen to a little more than 3%. But with all the noise, I would have thought there would have been many more Americans taking part in that fad.
If you’ve been reading this blog regularly, you might begin to think I’m a little hung up on the issue of carbohydrates. Really, I’m not. It’s just that I keep hearing people talk about cutting them out. They don’t want to go on a low-carb diet, but they’re still a little uncertain about eating them.
So here’s my carb advice for the week: There’s wisdom in looking at the type of carbohydrates that we regularly eat, but not in trying to cut them out totally. Elimination just sets us up for carbohydrate cravings. Choose whole foods – whole grains, fresh fruits and veggies –balance them with small amounts of protein foods, dairy foods and oils, and enjoy! Occasional sweets are okay, too (in my book, they’re kind of critical.)
This way of eating is no fad – they’ve been doing it in Italy for years. In fact, I’m getting ready to go learn more about it next month on our sixth cooking tour of Italy.
Ciao for now!