Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Diet May Store Up Problems in Future

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Diet May Store Up Problems in Future

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Byline: By Julie Cush

The phenomenal success of the Atkins Diet is having an impact on the sale of food, it has been claimed. High in fat, low in carbohydrate, dieters can eat as much meat, fish, eggs and cheese as they want, but must cut out bread, potatoes, pasta and fruit.

Endorsed by celebrities such as Jennifer Aniston, Renee Zellweger, Catherine Zeta Jones and Demi Moore, hundreds of thousands of Britons are turning to the diet.

Dr Robert Atkins' book is the second most popular read in Britain after the latest Harry Potter and the updated edition is selling more than 120,000 copies a month.

Unilever has even blamed the regime for recent poor sales of its diet product Slim-Fast.

And the producers of bread, potatoes and rice are growing increasingly concerned by the latest craze.

John White, director of the Federation of Bakers (FOB), said sales of bread had been falling by between 1.5 per cent and two per cent for the last three years.

He said: "I have no doubt that Atkins has had an impact.

"There are also other factors - including an increase in home-made and premium baker bread.

"The science behind the Atkins diet does not stack up, even serious nutritionists will tell you that it is positively dangerous - the latest research says it is a one-way ticket to kidney stones.

"People do lose weight when they diet and that is nothing to do with Atkins.

"If you take in less calories than you expend you lose weight - that is the simple matter, that is the science."

Mr White said the danger of the Atkins diet was that people skip breakfast because they cannot grab a piece of toast or cereal and do not have time for bacon and eggs.

The number of calories "plummet" and people lose weight very fast, he added.

The FOB released a report earlier this year which claimed 23 per cent of 25-33 year olds and 22 per cent of all women were actively limiting consumption of starch and carbohydrates because they believed them to be "unhealthy". …

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