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AC Nielsen reports big trends in health for 2006 - Low-Sugar Products

The second trend noticed by Nielsen has to do with glycemic control, long a key concept of the Atkins Advantage program. As readers of this website know, the glycemic index measures how quickly certain foods release carbohydrates into the body, raising levels of both blood sugar and insulin. The control of this mechanism by eating low-glycemic foods and products, which keep blood sugar and insulin levels balanced, has been the cornerstone of our dietary advice for decades. Looks like the rest of the world is catching up.

Scientific evidence continues to show how low-sugar foods and products- like those with the Atkins Advantage label- can help control weight and more certainly, help reduce the risk of diabetes and related conditions. When you consume Atkins Advantage products you can be sure of getting low-sugar high- fiber products that give you all the benefits of a low-glycemic diet. According to the AC Nielsen study, these kinds of products are demonstrating "the potential emergence of a blockbuster trend".

Americans may indeed be "addicted to oil", but we are also "addicted to sugar". Our per capita consumption is now approaching 150 pounds per person per year. The average soft drink has six teaspoons of the stuff. It's added to virtually every product on the supermarket shelf, often in the form of high-fructose corn syrup which may well being one of the most health-robbing forms of sugar on the planet. Numerous studies are beginning to demonstrate a link between high sugar consumption and cancer, and the research on the connection between high sugar intake and diabetes and obesity is mounting. The verdict is in: sugar lowers storeholds of critical nutrients in the body, depresses the immune system, and hastens the road to extra pounds and even more serious health problems.

Low sugar foods are in. And there's no better way to get them in a convenient and healthy form than by eating foods with the Atkins Advantage label.

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