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The Lancet - we need 150g carbs/day

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Old September 9th, 2004, 04:01 AM
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Gregory Toomey wrote:


"The most frequent complaints with low-carb diets are constipation and
headache, which are readily explained by the lack of fruit, vegetables and
whole grains, Astrup said."

TOTAL NONSENSE. There are numerous low carb vegetables.

"We have known for many years that there is a minimum intake of carbohydrate
necessary to maintain the normal function of your body and that is
approximately 150 grams a day," he said. "But, if on the Atkins diet you go
down to 20 to 30 grams in the induction phase, then maybe go up to 100
grams, still you are far below what your body needs."



Twenty years ago, one could have written "We have known for many years
that stomache ulcers are caused by too much stress inducing too much
stomach acid which eats away to cause the ulcer... and buttermilk and
toast are the proper diets to treat the ulcer.

NOw, it is knonwn that many ulcers are caused by bacteria and the
treatment is anitbiotics.... with buttermilk and toast pretty much

The phrasing "We have known for many years....." is almost a setup for
"We have been telling each other for many years....." and telling isn't
the same as really knowing.

Then too, since Atkins was a backstabber to the cardiology profession
when they were first pushing the low fat thing, anything you do to
discredit a backstabber is fair.



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