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Group offers education on low-carb nutrition
By Leslie W. Yeransian

In the face of the low-carb craze a new group, the Partnership for Essential Nutrition, which got money from Weight Watchers International and food companies, has launched an initiative it says aims to help Americans separate fact from fiction regarding carbohydrates, fat and protein balance.

There is a proliferation of products labeled low-carb, reduced carb, carbohydrate free, carb aware, carb smart and carb countdown, none of which terms are regulated by the Food and Drug Administration.

"One of the things the coalition talks about is portion control," said Nancy Glick, spokeswoman for the Partnership for Essential Nutrition.

Some scientists also have doubts about the low-carb diet, which advocates limited consumption of fruits, vegetables and grains.

Eileen Vincent, research doctor for Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine, calls it "a diet of exclusion."

"From a behavioral standpoint, it's a no-brainer approach that is not dealing with eating problems. Once they go off the diet they are still left with the same lifestyle behaviors that got them there in the first place," said Vincent.

It also can pose substantial risk to an unborn fetus, said Dr. Robert Kushner, director of the Wellness Institute and the Nutrition, Fitness and Weight Management Programs at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. He especially cautions against very low-carb diets akin to Atkins Phase 1, which advises dieters to restrict carbohydrate intake to 20 grams.

Despite the attacks on low-carb diets, Atkins Nutritionals Inc. stands in firm support of its "Atkins Nutritionals Approach," a four- phase, lifetime way of eating.

Atkins says the new coalition is motivated by organizations that have been economically hurt by the low-carb trend.

According to Market Data Enterprises Inc., the weight loss industry brings in $40 billion a year, $15.2 billion of it being weight control products and services. Low-carb nutritional products have contributed substantially to that. Atkins Nutritional Inc. gets $100 million in revenue a year from low-carb nutritional bars alone.

Low Carb Sugar Free Flaxseed Almond Cookies
Makes approximately 18-20 cookies.

1 cup almond butter
4 tbsp. (1/2 stick) butter
1 tsp. almond extract
1 egg
1/4 cup flax meal
1/4 cup protein powder
1/2 cup Steviva Blend or equivalent

Melt butter over low heat. Remove from heat source and stir in the almond butter. Then add eggs, Steviva Blend or equivalent and almond extract. When smoothly blended add in protein powder and flax meal.

Roll the dough into small balls, about 1 inch in diameter and place on un greased baking sheets.

Once round dough balls are all on baking sheet flatten the balls with tines of a fork.

Bake at 325 degrees for about 15 minutes, then cool.

Carbohydrates per Serving (2 cookies): 2.21 - Carbohydrates per Serving minus Fiber: 1.90

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