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Atkins Diet

The fight over low-carb dieting isn't about health, it's about healthy profits

Sunday, July 18, 2004
by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger
Editor of NaturalNews.com (See all articles...)
Tags: Atkins Diet, low-carb diet, low-carb dieting


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There's a whole lot of bickering going on over the effectiveness and potential dangers of low-carb diets, but the participants in this fight aren't concerned about your health: they're concerned about their profits. Ever since the popularity of the Atkins Diet and South Beach Diet, Americans are avoiding orange juice, soft drinks, breads and other refined carbohydrates in record numbers. And while that's a smart choice in terms of protecting public health, the manufacturers of soft drinks, orange juice, pasta, breads and other foods made with refined carbohydrates aren't too happy about it.

So they're attacking the Atkins Diet in an effort to get this "fad" out of the picture and, hopefully, get people to return to their old disease-promoting eating habits that include white bread, soft drinks, added sugars, lots of pasta, and so on. See, it's really a war over profits, not over your health.

The funny thing is that foes of the Atkins Diet have a few good points: eating unlimited quantities of saturated fat in products like bacon and cheese is terrible nutritional advice. But the Atkins Food Guide Pyramid doesn't really recommend that in the first place. The Atkins Food Guide Pyramid, in fact, is the healthiest food guide I've seen yet: it's far healthier than the USDA Food Guide Pyramid, which seems to serve as little more than a marketing brochure for grain farmers.

But I agree that the Atkins Diet can be extremely unhealthy when abused by people who are just looking for a magic bullet solution rather than making the more responsible decision to choose healthful foods for the rest of their lives. That's why I literally wrote the book on the dangers of the Atkins Diet: Low-Carb Diet Warning, which you can read free of charge.

The answer to all this, by the way, is that both groups are right: Atkins is right about avoiding processed carbohydrates and refined sugars. Opponents are right about avoiding unlimited quantities of saturated animal fat. So what's the final answer? Eat unrefined foods only. Avoid all processed foods, and you'll be healthy. I call it the Unrefined Foods Diet, and it's the only diet that really keeps you healthy. Food manufacturers, of course, hate it, since the Unrefined Foods Diet demands that you purchase and consume absolutely no manufactured or processed foods whatsoever, and that's exactly where the profits are generated by food manufacturers.


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About the author:Mike Adams (aka the "Health Ranger") is a best selling author (#1 best selling science book on Amazon.com) and a globally recognized scientific researcher in clean foods. He serves as the founding editor of NaturalNews.com and the lab science director of an internationally accredited (ISO 17025) analytical laboratory known as CWC Labs. There, he was awarded a Certificate of Excellence for achieving extremely high accuracy in the analysis of toxic elements in unknown water samples using ICP-MS instrumentation. Adams is also highly proficient in running liquid chromatography, ion chromatography and mass spectrometry time-of-flight analytical instrumentation.

Adams is a person of color whose ancestors include Africans and Native American Indians. He's also of Native American heritage, which he credits as inspiring his "Health Ranger" passion for protecting life and nature against the destruction caused by chemicals, heavy metals and other forms of pollution.

Adams is the founder and publisher of the open source science journal Natural Science Journal, the author of numerous peer-reviewed science papers published by the journal, and the author of the world's first book that published ICP-MS heavy metals analysis results for foods, dietary supplements, pet food, spices and fast food. The book is entitled Food Forensics and is published by BenBella Books.

In his laboratory research, Adams has made numerous food safety breakthroughs such as revealing rice protein products imported from Asia to be contaminated with toxic heavy metals like lead, cadmium and tungsten. Adams was the first food science researcher to document high levels of tungsten in superfoods. He also discovered over 11 ppm lead in imported mangosteen powder, and led an industry-wide voluntary agreement to limit heavy metals in rice protein products.

In addition to his lab work, Adams is also the (non-paid) executive director of the non-profit Consumer Wellness Center (CWC), an organization that redirects 100% of its donations receipts to grant programs that teach children and women how to grow their own food or vastly improve their nutrition. Through the non-profit CWC, Adams also launched Nutrition Rescue, a program that donates essential vitamins to people in need. Click here to see some of the CWC success stories.

With a background in science and software technology, Adams is the original founder of the email newsletter technology company known as Arial Software. Using his technical experience combined with his love for natural health, Adams developed and deployed the content management system currently driving NaturalNews.com. He also engineered the high-level statistical algorithms that power SCIENCE.naturalnews.com, a massive research resource featuring over 10 million scientific studies.

Adams is well known for his incredibly popular consumer activism video blowing the lid on fake blueberries used throughout the food supply. He has also exposed "strange fibers" found in Chicken McNuggets, fake academic credentials of so-called health "gurus," dangerous "detox" products imported as battery acid and sold for oral consumption, fake acai berry scams, the California raw milk raids, the vaccine research fraud revealed by industry whistleblowers and many other topics.

Adams has also helped defend the rights of home gardeners and protect the medical freedom rights of parents. Adams is widely recognized to have made a remarkable global impact on issues like GMOs, vaccines, nutrition therapies, human consciousness.

In addition to his activism, Adams is an accomplished musician who has released over a dozen popular songs covering a variety of activism topics.

Click here to read a more detailed bio on Mike Adams, the Health Ranger, at HealthRanger.com.

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