The Atkins Diet - Low-carb Hogwash

The Atkins Nutritional Approach, popularly known as the Atkins diet or just Atkins, is the most marketed and well-known of the low-carbohydrate diets. Dr Robert Atkins, who developed this diet claimed that there are two main unrecognised factors about Western eating habits, arguing firstly that the main cause of obesity is eating refined carbohydrates particularly sugar, flour, and high-fructose corn syrups (which is an agreeable argument); and secondly, that saturated fat is overrated as a nutritional problem, and that only trans fats from sources such as hydrogenated oils need to be avoided – this is of course untrue.

As you are probably already aware, saturated fat is a very bad kind of fat like trans fat and contributes greatly to not just obesity but also Cardiovascular Disease (caused by fatty deposits that get lodged in the arteries from ingesting saturated fat).You may have read from my Fats blog, that the National Heart Foundation of Australia found a strong relationship between consuming saturated fats and Cardiovascular Disease. This evidence has been backed by many other studies throughout the world.

The entire theoretical framework of low carbohydrate diets, such as the Atkins and The Zone diets are based on the belief that insulin is the root of all evil and so to limit insulin release one needs to limit carbohydrate intake. What they overlook is that protein and fat-rich foods may induce substantial insulin secretion as well!

Both the American College of Nutrition (“Of all the bizarre diets that have been proposed in the last 50 years, this is the most dangerous to the public if followed for any length of time.") and the American Medical Association (“the Atkins diet as recommended poses a serious threat to health”) disapprove of the diet.

Ignoring all arguments for and against the Atkins diet and avoiding all bias and media influences, let’s just use common sense: We need carbohydrates for energy production in our bodies. We need to keep a balanced diet with natural right-off-the-tree foods like fruit and vegetables (which contain mostly carbohydrates). So where’s the sense in the Atkins diet?
The Atkins Diet - Low-carb Hogwash The Atkins Diet - Low-carb Hogwash Reviewed by Admin on June 30, 2019 Rating: 5

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