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Low-Glycemic Trend Is Old Hat to Atkins Followers

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Trend-watchers predict that a diet based on the glycemic index, a scale
that accounts for the impact individual foods have on blood sugar, will
be popular in the U.S. this year.


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Low-Glycemic Trend Is Old Hat to Atkins Followers


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Trend-watchers predict that a diet based on the glycemic index, a scale
that accounts for the impact individual foods have on blood sugar, will
be popular in the U.S. this year. As food manufacturers follow suit,
labels will increasingly advise consumers of the low-glycemic nature of
certain products.

Atkins Nutritionals Inc. is already one step ahead. Through its own
methodology, Atkins has been accurately measuring the effect that certain
foods have on a person's blood sugar. The result of this process is
called the "Net Atkins Count."

While the glycemic index applies to carbohydrates in foods, it does not
take into account portion size and macronutrient interaction or how
various foods containing fat, fiber and protein, when eaten together,
impact an individual's blood sugar. The new Net Atkins Count will make
Atkins products especially easy to incorporate into any healthy lifestyle
that seeks to stabilize blood sugar levels.

According to Atkins, a three-year collaborative effort between Atkins
scientists and Dr. Thomas Wolever, one of North America's most prominent
nutrition researchers, led to the development of its method of
determining the impact that a product has on blood sugar. The method
evaluates a person's base-line blood sugar levels and then tracks his or
her body's response to foods.

Researchers then gather data on a number of individuals that report
actual measured increases in blood sugar, which ultimately yields an
average blood sugar effect across a group of people. The term Net Atkins
Count is used to express this clinically validated number.

The Atkins Nutritional Approach itself has long emphasized the value of
consuming low-glycemic-impact foods, along with sufficient protein and
natural fats, to maintain blood sugar stability and initiate fat burning.

				
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