25 Years of Food Follies: 1987-2012

We're looking back at oddball food trends and nutritional nonsense. By: Jenny Everett

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Science pulls the steak out of the heart of the Atkins Diet
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2010 | Science pulls the steak out of the heart of the Atkins Diet

The Atkins approach, which replaces starchy carbs with lots of fatty meat, had been selling books since the early '70s, and stoked the low-carb frenzy of the '90s. Then two studies published in 2010, which followed women since 1980, conclude that all that sat fat is not good: "A low-carbohydrate diet based on animal sources was associated with higher all-cause mortality in both men and women, whereas a vegetable-based low-carbohydrate diet was associated with lower... mortality rates." Message: Go low-carb if you want, but focus on veggies.

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