Diet Vs. Low Carbohydrate Diets Essay

1560 Words Aug 6th, 2014 7 Pages
Diet has long been a topic of debate in America. For the last fifty years, the standard recommended diet in the United States has been a low-calorie, low-fat diet. Low carbohydrate diets began to appear in the 1970’s, but have been viewed negatively by the majority of the population. Recently, the low-carbohydrate Atkins diet, South Beach diet, and Paleo diet have been gaining popularity. Studies show that these types of diets can be used to lose weight healthily and quickly. However, the most of the general public still believes that low carbohydrate diets are unhealthy. This is a large and potentially harmful misconception. Low carbohydrate diets, while being easy to stay on, are effective for weight loss and for managing health problems including type II diabetes, metabolic syndrome, and obesity. The history of diet in America is very interesting. Only in the 1950’s did scientists in the United States begin studying the impact that diet has on people, and trying to find the most healthy type of diet for humans. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) have released dietary guidelines for Americans once every five years since 1980. According to the most recent update on the USDA’s website, a healthy diet “emphasizes fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and fat-free or low-fat milk and milk products, includes lean meats, poultry, fish, beans, eggs, and nuts, and is low in saturated fats, trans fat, cholesterol, salt, and…

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