Near about half of all Americans polled for the Dole Poll stated that no weight loss due to a low-carb diet would be worth the possible negative impact on health.
Likely side effects of a low-carb diet such as , constipation, kidney stones, high cholesterol and an increased risk of certain cancers tip the scales against such a low-carb diet for a full 50 percent of respondents, according to the national survey of 801 adults.
In contrast, only a third (thirty percent) say they are willing to take a chance on losing weight, and four percent say any amount of pounds lost would be worth it.
In the wake of the investigation by the medical journal The Lancet, which suggested that side effects such as fatigue, headaches and foul breath are more commonly reported by low-carb dieters than by those who follow a conventional diet, the results of the Dole poll are further evidence that the Atkins bubble has burst.
This backlash has already have an effect on grocery industry, with less than half the number of low-carb products introduced in 2004 than in 2003, and sales figures show that many of these products are being shelved or withdrawn. weeks after their introduction. Some industry experts even predict that two-thirds of the products introduced this year will no longer be marketed by 2006.
We have taken a step forward in raising public awareness. The more people learn about the health risks of low carbs, the less appetite they have for such dangerous fad diets. Jennifer Grossman is the director of the Dole Nutrition Institute, a research and education organization dedicated to promoting the health benefits of fruits and vegetables for weight management and disease prevention.