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Low-Carb Diet Referenced in BIDMC Study Not Related to Atkins
Date:8/26/2009

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) study argues mice placed on a 12-week, low-carb/ high-protein diet showed an increase in atherosclerosis. BIDMC conclusions are refuted by scientific studies which demonstrate improved lipid protocols under a low-carb or Atkins Diet™.

Denver, CO (PRWEB) August 26, 2009 -- A recent study from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC), Boston, published in the proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), argued that mice placed on a 12-week low carbohydrate/high-protein diet showed a significant increase in atherosclerosis, a buildup of plaque in the heart's arteries and a leading cause of heart attack and stroke. Atkins Nutritionals, Inc. ("Atkins") wishes to clarify that the macronutrient breakdown used in the study is not representative of the Atkins Diet™.

Atkins believes the study results reflect a diet that is too high in protein and too low in fat and which does not match the suggested macronutrient levels of the Atkins Diet. The carbohydrates fed to rats via "rat chow" in the study are also not reflective of the types of carbohydrates used on Atkins, which consist mainly of high-fiber, nutrient rich vegetables. In addition, these carbohydrates are usually equal to five to 10 percent of total calorie intake in the early weight loss phases of Atkins. Carbohydrate intake in the BIDMC study was pegged to 12 percent. The diet implemented in the study was not the true Atkins Diet.

Furthermore, the BIDMC study was conducted on mice, not humans. Several well-respected studies using humans as subjects ha
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