The Low Carb Luxury Newsletter: 
Volume III / Number 14: July 26, 2002: Page 2
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            Low Carb In The News
From Lora's Desk
Since our last newsletter, where we highlighted the wonderful newest New York Times article from Gary Taubes, the positive news has continued to flow and the controversy caused by it has continued to flare.

There's been so much, we felt we need to continue to keep you abreast of all the latest. Below, you'll find excerpts and links to news and articles we think you'll find to be of great interest.

As I always say, you can't hold the truth back.

The Dateline/Josh Mankiewicz Series:

Josh Mankiewicz
Dateline NBC correspondent Josh Mankiewicz did a spot on his show on July 16th, about his success at losing nearly 50 pounds on the Atkins diet. This was Josh's first spot on this subject, but it wasn't meant to be the last. Here's an excerpt from that report:

"...I’m on TV, so millions see the way I look. Over the years, I tried just about every diet that came along. Some of them worked, but none of them worked for long.

Since diets were a failure, I swallowed my pride, along with just about anything else I could find, particularly if someone had taken the time to fry it. And I learned the hard way that if you stand next to certain people, you look even worse by comparison.

Then I discovered the Atkins Diet. It’s been around for 30 years and it’s pretty simple. This is the way I used to eat: steak, salad, potatoes, bread, a Coke, and dessert. Subtract the bread. Lose the potatoes. Change the Coke to iced-tea, and do without dessert. But you keep the steak and the salad. It’s a high-fat, high protein diet. It’s exactly what we’ve been told not to eat for more than 20 years.

Dietary fat does not make you fat?"


And he sums it up with:

"And here’s the headline. I did it without suffering. I hung onto the one food that made me think I was having a real meal, so I didn’t feel like I was on a diet. So Dr. Atkins, wherever you are, thanks, and — well done!"

Click here to read the entire article.


And then came the follow up on July 23rd...

It should come as no surprise that his report above would return a flurry of mail (both the virtual and the real kinds), but the level of emotion evoked by his report was a little surprising. He even received a terse reply or two from Dr. Dean Ornish (the king of low-fat.)  Here's an excerpt:

"A week ago, I told you how I lost 47 pounds on the Atkins Diet, where you eat very little carbohydrate and a lot of protein. I told you that keeping steak — which I love — as part of my diet allowed me to do without bread, pasta, potatoes, and desserts. I told you I’d tried many other diets and this was the only one that worked for me. I showed a lot of embarrassing snapshots of me stuffing my face. And after that story aired, I figured I was pretty much done talking about what I eat. Well, I couldn’t have been more wrong.

We were barely off the air when the first e-mails started to come in. Some of you were angry that “Dateline” allowed me to tell my personal story of how I ate steak and lost weight anyway."


There's no end to what people will say... believe me, I know. I get these sorts of emails from low-fat advocates on a regular basis. But check out this one from his report:

"In terms of sheer meanness, that was just an hors d’oeuvre. Some of you won’t be happy until I’ve gone to the great steakhouse in the sky.

A viewer wrote: “If Josh continues to eat a fat piece of animal flesh at every meal he can look forward to an early permanent retirement. Josh still looks awful and all that blood dripping from his mouth while he ate those cow parts didn’t help his looks.”

Ow!"


Click here to read all of the article.  We at Low Carb Luxury are very proud of Josh's handling of this subject and his critics. We've written to tell him so, and suggest you do the same. You can write him at Dateline@NBC.com, and be sure to mark the letter "For Josh Mankiewicz" and mention the story the letter is in reference to.


When a Crop Becomes King
And In Other News...

On July 19, The New York Times ran another great article that you shouldn't miss. Dubbed, "When a Crop Becomes King", the reporter explores the role that corn crops have now taken in our country. And the fallout from too much corn and what it's used for.

This great article looks at everything from the obesity epidemic to the dangers of corn products like high fructose corn syrup.

Here are a few excerpts:

"These days the nation's nearly 80 million-acre field of corn rolls across the countryside like a second great lawn, but this wholesome, all-American image obscures a decidedly more dubious reality."

"Most of the animals we eat (chickens, pigs and cows) today subsist on a diet of corn, regardless of whether it is good for them. In the case of beef cattle, which evolved to eat grass, a corn diet wreaks havoc on their digestive system, making it necessary to feed them antibiotics to stave off illness and infection. Even farm-raised salmon are being bred to tolerate corn — not a food their evolution has prepared them for. Why feed fish corn? Because it's the cheapest thing you can feed any animal, thanks to federal subsidies."

"By far the best strategy for keeping zea mays [corn] in business has been the development of high-fructose corn syrup, which has all but pushed sugar aside. Since the 1980's, most soft drink manufacturers have switched from sugar to corn sweeteners, as have most snack makers. Nearly 10 percent of the calories Americans consume now come from corn sweeteners; the figure is 20 percent for many children."

"...we're sacrificing the health of both our bodies and the environment by growing and eating so much of it. Though we're only beginning to understand what our cornified food system is doing to our health, there's cause for concern. It's probably no coincidence that the wholesale switch to corn sweeteners in the 1980's marks the beginning of the epidemic of obesity and Type 2 diabetes in this country."


Click here to read the entire article by insightful reporter, Michael Pollan. You'll love the very last line of his article.

In case any of you missed it last week, here's a link to Gary Taubes' article, "What if it's all been a Big Fat Lie?" that appeared in The New York Times. It caused quite a stir as well.  Here's an article from The Guardian Unlimited in the UK called "Bursting the Fat Bubble" by reporter Lucy Atkins in response to Taubes' article. And here's one from the Galen Institute (run by the Knight Ridder News Service) called "Could fat be okay after all?" by Grace-Marie Turner.

And lastly, let's not forget the reports over the last two months about the carcinogen, Acrylamide being found in heated/fried high carb foods. Here's a link to CSPI's article about the meeting in Geneva of experts convened by the World Health Organization (WHO) to discuss the health ramifications of the acrylamide discovery.

You might be interested to note that the folks at Keto Foods have had their Keto Chips tested and certified as containing no detectable acrylamide. We understand they're having their other foods (like their cereals) certified as well. One more proof that our low carb foods are infinitely safer than the high carb varieties.


                                                                             Lora




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