80 YEARS YOUNG
2018 marks Better Nutrition’s 80th year in print. Travel through time with us as we highlight popular diet and food trends by decade. In the spotlight this month: Low- carb diets.
Better Nutrition in the 1990s, Part 2 Highlighting the low- carb revolution, one of the lasting health trends of the 1990s.
Toward the end of the 1990s, a faction of nutritionists, researchers, and doctors — most notably Robert C. Atkins, MD— started speaking out against the fat- free diets that were popular at the time. These experts maintained that fat wasn’t the problem. Instead it was simple carbohydrates made with refi ned fl our, such as bread, pasta, cereal, and crackers.
Getting enough protein and limiting carbs became the new way to eat healthy, lose weight, and ward off cardiovascular and other diseases. Low- carb shakes, bars, chips, bread, no- sugar desserts, and other products began crowding health food store shelves. And new stores started sprouting up across the country that catered exclusively to the low- carb lifestyle.
In the years since, some of the details have changed, but the low- carb revolution is still with us, as evidenced by the current popularity of the Keto diet and similar eating plans.