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Sanford Health (www.sanfordhealth.org) is an integrated health system headquartered in the Dakotas. It is the largest, rural, not-for-profit health care system in the nation with 43 hospitals and 243 clinics in nine states and three countries. With 27,000 ... more
Despite Atkins Nutritionals' defense, ...
Despite Atkins Nutritionals' defense, Sherry Peer, a South Dakota registered dietician, said that while fast weight loss can be beneficial for some conditions, such as morbid obesity, the Atkins diet should not be used long-term."It is a low-fiber, very high-fat, unbalanced diet that contains low amount of water-soluble vitamins, calcium and vitamin D," said Peer, also a certified diabetes nutrition educator and licensed nutritionist of Sioux Valley Hospital, Sioux Falls. "There are a number of risks, including colorectal cancer because of high red meat diets and low fiber intake; and cardiovascular disease from high protein and fat intake. It is also not the diet for those at risk for renal disease and type 1 diabetes because of the extra stress put on the kidneys by ketosis, high BUN (blood urea nitrogen) and rapid weight loss. It may also cause more kidney stones." While the Atkins diet does its job, it is never good to nearly cut out whole food groups, Peer said. "In addition, carbs are good for the body and all contain needed vitamins and minerals, fiber and iron,"
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Like carbs, lower is better if you want to lose weight.One reason why may be that low glycemic foods also tend to be healthier foods.Peer says, "Fruits and vegetables, and whole grains... which we've been trying to get people to eat for a long time."But for a long time most of us have been eating high glycemic foods like corn flakes, instant potatoes and white rice and we haven't gotten any trimmer.Which is why you shouldn't be surprised to see low-sugar replace low-carb as the newest diet food fad."I think popularity wise, yes it will," says Peer."But I don't know that it's still going to be the answer... but it sure could be a piece in the puzzle."Just as important, Peer says, may be the other pieces you put on your plate.
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Getting to the juicy edible arils takes a bit of work, so Peer says they're a healthful alternative to high-calorie snacks that can be eaten by the handful. The easiest way to serve a pomegranate is to cut it into fourths and gently pull the arils off the cream-colored membrane.To avoid breaking any of the arils, try scoring the skin and peeling it. But avoid the membrane because it's bitter, Peer says.
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