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