(PRWEB) May 9, 2004
A 2003 Gallup poll disclosed that 47 percent of the U.S. population is now monitoring carbohydrate intake. It is estimated that the Âlow-carbÂ diet is followed by over 50 percent of weight-conscious Americans. The sales of low-carb products and services have been estimated at $15 billion in 2003. Everywhere you look, food products are popping up labeled low carb. Bread, pasta and other flour products have lowered their net carbs (the ones you absorb) to entice you to pig out without putting on weight. Candy and ÂhealthÂ bar manufacturers have given us so many new choices for low-carb confections that whole supermarket isles are devoted to those treats. Even soft drink and orange juice makers have found a way to lower carbs. So, you gobble all these acceptable foods in hopes that you will stay slim, lose weight and prevent heart attacks.
The enormous popularity of low carb diets has triggered the scientific community to research the nutritional and metabolic basis of the food regimens as well as the health effects of artificial sweeteners used especially in so-called diet drinks. As Dr. Howard Peiper mentions in the book, Low Carb and Beyond, that lifestyle may not keep you healthy. You may become a victim of the Low Carb Tunnel Syndrome (LCTS) where you fail to look a your bodyÂs needs. Instead you may become focused on eating anything that claims to be low carb without consideration to ingredients. In Low Carb and Beyond, we are told that the body needs to absorb nutrients or we will eventually die. Carb blockers found in many low-carb foods prevent absorption and may prevent the body from gleaning nutrients from those foods. Dr. Peiper says, "Eating is supposed to be a ritual that is necessary to sustain life. If what you eat doesnÂt get absorbed, how can you stay alive?"
People afflicted with Low-carb Tunnel Syndrome (LCTS) are making the confection industry boom. Low-carb sugar alternatives such as aspartame, sucralose, maltitol, erithritol, ACE-K, sorbitol, lactitol, dieters are not absorbed by the body and therefore do not cause carbohydrate absorption. Unfortunately these sweeteners also come with side effects such as headaches, diarrhea and worse which are overlooked by those afflicted with the LCT Syndrome. If it becomes acceptable to gorge oneself on low-carb drinks, bars and desserts, the dieter may emerge with an nutrient-deficient body. When sweets are consumed on a constant basis, the body continually craves its next fix. Low-carb or not, a person becomes addicted to these non-sugar treats and substitutes them for healthy life-giving food.
Public health officials are sounding the alarm: poor eating habits are at the root of an epidemic of obesity and diabetes and these conditions are linked directly to hypertension, heart attacks, and strokes. Diets high in refined carbohydrates are linked to many illness. But restricting all carbohydrates from your diet could compromise your immune system indicated by symptoms such as fatigue, memory loss, joint problems, acne, wrinkles and digestive disorders.
Since their inception, low-carb diet proponents have altered their recommendations. Once known as protein diets, deleterious effects on the body prompted them to add vegetables and other low-glycemic carbohydrates to the program. These current diets are much healthier and include whole-grains, low-fat foods like chicken or fish instead of high fat meat, olive oil instead of saturated or hydrogenated oil, and snack foods such as popcorn or whole-grain pretzels or bread. In his book, Dr. Peiper outlines a program of eating that takes into consideration low carb, food-combining, acid/alkaline balancing, choosing organic foods and adding supplements. He claims that by rounding out your low-carb diet you will avoid LCTS and maintain a more healthy lifestyle.
-Low Carb and Beyond, http://www.safegoodspub.com