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Lose weight? Live longer? Maybe your mom was right when she told you to eat your vegetables. Fortunately, vegetables are an important component of the Atkins Nutritional Approach. Even in Induction, 12 to 15 grams daily of Net Carbs should come from up to six cups of salad and up to two cups of cooked vegetables (depending on which vegetables you choose). Your choices become even more plentiful as you move through subsequent phases of Atkins. Read on for more reasons why you need to eat your vegetables.
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The study objective was to evaluate the effect of prescribing a low-carbohydrate diet (LCD) and a low-fat diet (LFD) on food cravings, food preferences, and appetite   MORE
Chew on these facts as you contemplate your waistline.   MORE
If you suffer from high cholesterol and regular bouts of indigestion, your gallbladder may be trying to tell you something.   MORE
DENVER, CO. (March 22, 2011)—A spate of recent media coverage on the new Dukan Diet positions it as inspired by or a variation of the Atkins Diet™. But Atkins Nutritionals, Inc., wants you to know there is no legitimate comparison between the two approaches.   MORE

To ensure that consumers know what is in the foods they buy, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requires that the packaging of every manufactured food product display certain information.

  • Ingredients must be listed in descending order of weight.
  • Labeling must also include a Nutrition Facts panel.
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Not surprising, many studies of low-carb diets have shown that glucose levels improve significantly in subjects who follow them.1 Insulin levels also decrease, regardless of whether or not a person has a glucose metabolism disorder and even whether he has lost any weight.2 Reducing insulin levels throughout the day, even after meals, is crucial to enable fat burning. In this way, controlling carbs has an important effect on the way the body handles fat, and in turn positively affects cholesterol and triglyceride levels. (For a quick tutorial on insulin, see How Insulin Works.   MORE

The December 11, 2001, issue of Circulation, the journal of the American Heart Association (AHA), published a study by Tanne et al. of Sheba Medical Center in Tel Hashomer, Israel. It reported on more than 11,000 individuals with coronary heart disease but no previous history of stroke or transient ischemic attacks (TIA). All were followed for six to eight years for risk of stroke or TIA. A stroke or TIA occurs when a blood clot or narrowed artery blocks blood flow to the brain. During the study, 487 individuals experienced such an incident. They were found to have triglyceride levels that were higher and HDLs ("good" cholesterol levels) that were lower than those of individuals who did not develop stroke or TIA.
The conclusion of the researchers was that triglycerides greater than 200 mg/dL increased the risk of having a stroke by 30 percent, independent of other risk factors. The authors suggested that physicians should pay closer attention to triglyceride levels. More effective screening and detection of high triglycerides and treatments to modify this stroke risk factor could further reduce the clinical and public health burdens of stroke.   MORE
For decades there’s been an impressive body of research on low-carb diets and Atkins in particular, but until recently, most of the studies tracked individuals for less than six months. As interest in this nutritional approach has increased, however, a spate of new studies have been of longer duration. The good news is that the positive results hold up, in some cases, for up to two years. Read more. . .
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Fructose used to enjoy something of a good reputation as sugars go, largely because, unlike other sugars, it doesn't raise blood sugar very quickly. This property made it a long-standing favorite of diabetics and those who treated them. But like so much other "conventional" wisdom, this turned out to be anything but wise.   MORE
Here at Atkins, we care about your health. We've teamed up with Fightbac.org to keep you and your family safe from harmful bacteria.
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In the last 20 years, science has discovered that elevated blood-sugar levels appear to play a significant role in the aging process itself.   MORE
This Quick Study will focus on how carbohydrates affect blood sugar and contribute to diseases such as diabetes.   MORE

When you make smart carbohydrate choices, you need to know which ones have the greatest impact on your blood sugar and which do not.

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Research confirms the long-term advisability of eating foods with a low glycemic rating.   MORE
Confused about fats, oils and cholesterol? This Quick Study demystifies dietary fats and explains how they contribute (or do not) to heart disease and other health problems.   MORE
It's sad but true that America is the unhealthiest industrialized nation in the world. This Quick Study explains how we got there and how Atkins addresses the current epidemics of obesity, diabetes and heart disease.   MORE
New research has suggested that higher intakes of vitamin C could cut the level of markers for inflammation by an astonishing 45 percent.   MORE
The main reason people over 65 wind up in the hospital is heart failure, also known as “congestive heart failure.” And the very best predictor of whether or not you’re likely to get heart failure might surprise you.   MORE
METABOLIC SYNDROME AND HEART DISEASE: WHAT’S THE CONNECTION?
Are you looking a little apple-shaped these days? You may have never heard of metabolic syndrome but if your waist is bigger than your hips, you might have it. And the condition is intimately linked to heart disease as well as diabetes. Find out what it is, how to prevent it and—if you already have it—how to treat it.
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Once you've decided on an appropriate basic vitamin and mineral formula, this other vital nutrient group should be part of your supplement plan.   MORE
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