Tuesday, April 26, 2005

Play The Great Atkins Sugar Hunt

Have you seen the latest contest our friends at have created to help spread the word about all the hidden sugars found in the so-called health foods on grocery market shelves today? It's called "The Great Atkins Sugar Hunt" and the winners get a free eDiets membership for Atkins counseling! WOO HOO!!! Wouldn't that be a great thing to have if you're just starting out livin' la vida low-carb?!

There are so many products on supermarket shelves today that claim to be healthy, but are anything but that because of the excessive amount of sugar contained in them. This includes virtually all of the "low-fat" foods, energy protein bars and even some allegedly "low-carb" foods.

Did you know a chocolate peanut butter Powerbar Performance bar has 20 grams of sugar because of the high fructose corn syrup and juice concentrate additives? That is double the amount of sugar that is in a Krispy Kreme doughnut!!!

On a low-carb lifestyle, sugar is one of your primary enemies and I address and entire chapter in my upcoming book to this subject. I think you'll like the name of the chapter I came up with. But more on that when the book comes out.

According to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), the average American consumes 158 pounds of various sugars annually. WOW! That's a lot a sugar clogging the inside of our bodies. What's most disturbing to me is that the average is probably a lot higher than that for a lot of people since people doing low-carb consume little to no sugar at all. That means there are some people out there eating upwards of 300 pounds of sugar in a year! Do these people keep a sugar-IV on them or what?!

It is a known fact that sugar is one of the primary reasons we have an obesity problem in the United States today and is likely the culprit in the rapid increase in diabetes and other health ailments. But even when you are doing the low-carb lifestyle, you have to be careful about the hidden sugars manufacturers don't want you to notice on the "healthy" versions of their products.

This new contest will help you understand the importance of reading food labels and recognizing when there are hidden sugars found in so-called healthy foods. You need to hurry because they are only giving the free three-month subscription to the first 1000 people who can identify no more than 10 food or beverage products that make claims like "low-fat," "low-carb" or "healthy" and add up to at least 50 grams of sugars (based on a per-serving count) in total.

If you get stuck and need some assistance with this endeavor, you can visit Atkins University to study a course in "Reading Labels" to educate yourself further about how to do this.

I would like to personally thank Atkins Nutritionals for providing this reminder that we need to constantly be on guard when we are shopping for foods we can eat while engaging in a low-carb lifestyle. Hidden sugars are a detriment to your ultimate goal of losing weight and keeping it off. Take advantage of this opportunity to educate yourself and win a great prize that will help you along the way! If you are one of the winners, then post a comment here and let us know!

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Anonymous Mary said...

Thanks for the update on this contest. I've been thinking about joining e-diets and this would really entice me. As far as sugar, people who get lab testing done need to look at the triglyceride levels. Eating sugar regularly will make those levels soar. I've been doing Atkins for quite awhile. I got lab test results back recently and all results were normal but the triglyceride levels were exceedingly low. I owe it all to Dr. Atkins.

4/26/2005 7:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is a false argument. Low fat, high carbohydrate nutrition programs don't recommend the trash that you list in your note. Check out McDougall, Ornish, or Barnard. They all recommend a diet based on whole grains (like brown rice) with large amounts of fresh vegetables and fruits. These contain all the carbohydrate, protein, fat, vitamins and minerals needed, thank you.

These nutrition experts (all MD's by the way) recommend staying away from processed food (everything from cookies to cheese to powerbars to pizzas, etc). You are either making false representations about low fat eating on purpose or your haven't done your homework.

4/26/2005 8:04 PM  
Blogger Jimmy Moore said...

THANKS, Mary! I think the eDiets prize is worth the small amount of time to invest in the contest. I highly encourage you to do it! As for your triglyceride comments, I echo your sentiment. Since I started low-carb, my number went from well over 300 and is down in the 40s now!!! Livin' la vida low-carb really works, baby! THANK YOU, Dr. Atkins!

4/26/2005 10:04 PM  
Blogger Jimmy Moore said...

Hey anonymous,

THANKS for leaving a comment at my blog. But I've tried low-fat with all its nasty tasting food and constant hunger pangs. No thank you! Don't need to do that to lose and maintain my weight because Atkins has restored my health better than ANY low-fat diet EVER could have. As for medical doctors conducting research, I think you need to check out the overwhelming research in favor of a low-carb lifestyle and not necessarily rely solely on the low-fat propaganda that is all-too-available in the media. I've done PLENTY of homework on this and it's high time the word gets out about the healthy alternative low-carb really is.

4/26/2005 10:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You have been fooled - low carb is DEADLY not healthy.

You have shown over and over by your comments that you don't understand low carb. Get one of McDougalls books or go to his website. You eat all you want - you aren't going to have hunger pains if you eat all you want. The key is low calorie density.

4/26/2005 11:00 PM  
Blogger Jimmy Moore said...

Thanks again for commenting, anonymous. Again you are spouting off the oft-repeated unsubstantiated lies that low-carb is anything but the healthy alternative to low-fat that it is.

However, as much as I appreciate your zeal for your side of the issue, the purpose of this blog is not to argue with you about who understands health better. Rather, I am just one man who has seen a tremendous benefit to his overall health and weight through the miracle of the Atkins lifestyle.

If you eat low-fat, then you can't eat much fat or calories. Ergo, you are hungry. But if you eat low-carb, you limit your carb intake and are satisfied quicker and longer because of the fat in the food. While it is possible you COULD eat more food, it is not a prerequisite on low-carb.

Again, thank you for your comments. But you've unveiled nothing new. It's just the same old tired arguments us low-carbers have grown to hear from the other side.

4/27/2005 8:26 AM  

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