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 - - CONTENTS - BY THE ED­I­TORS OF BET­TER NU­TRI­TION

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.

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