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Survey Finds Most Americans Are Uneducated About The Low-Carb Lifestyle
Jimmy Moore
June 9, 2005

The following article is a reprint from my new blog called "Livin' La Vida Low-Carb":
A new survey conducted by a popular weight loss web site finds that most people do not understand the new government-sponsored Food Pyramid and do not grasp what a controlled-carb lifestyle is all about.

As part of their Second Annual Carb Awareness Month throughout the month of June, eDiets.com conducted a survey to find out what the public perception of the overhyped U.S.D.A.-approved Food Pyramid is and to see if people clearly understood what it means to be livin' la vida low-carb.

They found the one-third of Americans are confused about what the pyramid is recommending they should eat, which includes limiting refined carbohydrates as people on a low-carb lifestyle do. Additionally, the survey found that one-fourth of Americans don't even know what a "carb" is and 60 percent of them did not know what a carb-controlled lifestyle entailed. Another one-third didn't know about the glycemic index.

Yikes! We've got a lot of work to do, don't we? That's why I started this blog six weeks ago. People need to be better educated about the low-carb lifestyle and be encouraged to do it despite the negative publicity it receives in most of the media. Until people are armed with all the information they need, then we will be able to overcome the ignorance that exists. I wholeheartedly believe the media bears much of the responsibility for the results of this survey.

When asked about what foods are best for people who are livin' la vida low-carb, many Americans still are not aware that vegetables, legumes and fruit can be a part of a low-carb lifestyle. Fifty-five percent of survey respondents said there is a serious need for better education about what a controlled-carb lifestyle is all about.

This is very exciting news for those of us who are following a low-carb lifestyle. We have all heard the excuses from well-meaning people who continue to repeat the lies that they have heard about low-carb for years. It's going to take individuals and groups who are willing to correct this misinformation and educate people about what low-carb really is. I am only one voice in this education process. It's going to take every single one of us to continue to trumpet the healthy benefits of this way of eating to change the negative image low-carb has gotten.

Chief Nutritionist Susan Burke from eDiets.com said: "Contrary to popular belief, consumers are just as confused about carbs as they were a year ago. That's why it's necessary to continue our efforts to educate the public about this dietary option, and inform those watching their weight on how to choose the right meal plan that effectively manages their dietary carbs and sugars."

As part of their efforts to educate the public, eDiets.com is offering FREE (yes, I said FREE) access during the month of June to their "Carb Solutions" news channel which is chock full of a wealth of information on what low-carb living is all about. You will also receive a free subscription to their e-newsletter which currently has 1.5 million subscribers!

But the free low-carb support doesn't stop there! You also get access to the Low-Carb and Glycemic Impact Diet online support group areas to get feedback from members of the eDiet staff and other members about this exciting way of life. And if you are up to the "Low-Carb Challenge," then you will be able to read and post your thoughts on the support board to help you start livin' la vida low-carb for yourself.

Our friend Jonny Bowden will also be a guest speaker at eDiets.com over the next few Mondays in a series of online chats about the low-carb lifestyle. They start at 7 p.m. (EST) on June 14, 21 and 28. If you want to learn more from someone who has done extensive research on the low-carb lifestyle, then you will not want to miss what Jonny has to say.

WOW! I must applaud eDiets.com for leading the way in educating the public about what a carb-controlled approach to weight loss and improved health is all about. We need more people and groups to step up to the plate and help further educate the masses. If we are going to seriously deal with this obesity problem, then real solutions need to be at the forefront of public debate. We all know that low-carb is one of those solutions that should be a part of the mix.

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