DENVER, June 12, 2012 /CNW/ - Atkins Nutritionals, Inc. today announced
that a recently released epidemiology study published in Nutrition Journal has come to the mistaken conclusion that a low-carbohydrate diet, like
the Atkins Diet™, is to blame for rising cholesterol levels between
1986 and 2010 in a Swedish population. However, based on the study
abstract, this population actually consumed a high-fat,
high-carbohydrate diet, which is very different from the Atkins Diet.
Based on the Swedish study of food frequency questionnaires, during 2010
the population consumed a diet with carbohydrates making up 45.9
percent of calories and 39.9 percent of calories from fat. In
contrast, with Atkins, in the early weight loss phases, only 10 percent
of calories come from healthy carbohydrates, and the remaining calories
come from a variety of protein choices, as well as healthy fats such as
olive oil and avocado. Foods associated with the high fat intake in
this Swedish study were "fats used for spreading on bread and cooking,
dairy products, oil for salad dressing or cooking, various types of
meats, and sausages, as main dishes or on sandwiches, pizza, deep fried
potato chips, French fries, including corn chips and popcorn."
"This food intake is not reflective of the Atkins dietary program," said
Colette Heimowitz, vice president of nutrition and education for Atkins
Nutritionals, Inc. "The Swedish study is a case study of what happens
when a population consumes high carbohydrate combined with high fat.
In fact, BMI increased, as did markers for heart disease. Fat poses no
risk when carbohydrate consumption is low enough to allow the body to
burn fat for fuel. This has been demonstrated in clinical trials time
and time again, consistently supporting the conclusion that a
well-constructed Atkins Diet lowers risk factors for heart disease.
What this study does showcase is that the Swedish researchers need to
take a close look at the mounting evidence that the low-carbohydrate
approach to weight loss and long-term weight maintenance is not only
effective but also safe and beneficial to every clinical measure looked
at to date."
Representatives from the Science Advisory Board for Atkins Nutritionals
Inc. have weighed-in on the mistaken assumptions made by the study:
"This study does not take into account other variables or factors taking
place in the Swedish demographic in this time period," said Dr. Stephen
D. Phinney, PhD., MD. "For one, they do not take into consideration
the effect of age on the population. The Swedish population is rapidly
aging, and this is most notable in the northern part of the country
where this study was done and I did not see where they corrected their
data on weight or cholesterol for change in mean age. And most
importantly, anyone attempting to assess health risk by change in total
cholesterol does not appreciate the science of the last 30 years.
Particularly notable is the lack of information on serum HDL
cholesterol and triglycerides."
"This study completely ignores a large body of literature that points to
health-promoting effects of low carbohydrate diets. A well formulated
low carbohydrate diet, like the Atkins Diet, has been shown in numerous
studies to result in favorable effects on cholesterol, saturated fat
levels in the body, and other cardio-metabolic markers, especially in
individuals who have insulin resistance," said Dr. Jeff Volek, PhD.,
Over the past few decades, health researchers who have studied the
Atkins approach have found that low-carbohydrate is a viable, safe,
effective and sound alternative for those individuals who prefer this
style of eating and dietary management, and especially those with
metabolic syndrome. Health professionals are recognizing that one diet
does not fit all types of individuals. The Atkins approach has
consistently been found to warrant consideration in the global fight
against obesity and the concomitant chronic diseases associated with
About Atkins Nutritionals, Inc.
Atkins Nutritionals, Inc. is a leader in the $2.4 billion weight control
nutrition category, and offers a powerful lifetime approach to weight
loss and management. The Atkins Diet focuses on a healthy diet with
reduced levels of refined carbohydrates and added sugars and encourages
the consumption of protein, fiber, fruits, vegetables and good fats.
Backed by research and consumer success stories, this approach allows
the body to burn more fat and work more efficiently while helping
individuals feel less hungry, more satisfied and more energetic.
Atkins Nutritionals, Inc., manufactures and sells a variety of nutrition
bars and shakes designed around the nutritional principles of the
Atkins Diet™. Atkins' four product lines: Advantage®, Day Break™,
Endulge™ and Cuisine™ appeal to a broad audience of both men and women
who want to achieve their weight management goals and enjoy a healthier
lifestyle. Atkins products are available online at atkins.com and in
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