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A slice of regular "diet" bread typically has 50 calories and 10 grams of carbohydrates.

The flip side of "low-carb"

From eNews, April 29, 2004

If you're enthused about "low-carb" foods, here are a few things to ponder. "These products are not significantly more nutritious, do not always contain less calories than many regular foods, and they cost more," says Marla Reicks, a nutritionist with the University of Minnesota Extension Service. Read more

Reicks says that if you replace carbohydrates with protein, you still have just as many calories--protein has as many calories as carbohydrates on a gram-per-gram basis, while fat has more than twice as many calories. Reicks offers these examples:

"Low-carb almost always means high price," says Reicks. One low-carb breakfast cereal costs nearly four times as much per serving as regular cereal. Atkins breads cost twice as much as most regular breads. "And most low-carb foods sacrifice a lot in taste and texture," she adds. Reicks advises choosing your carbohydrates carefully. "Eat less sugar, honey, syrups, and foods that contain these sweeteners," she says. "And eat more healthy carbohydrate foods such as fruits, vegetables, and whole grains--such as brown rice, oatmeal, whole wheat bread, and whole grain pasta--which contain fiber that may protect you from some forms of cancer and reduce your risk of heart disease, diabetes, and obesity." She also recommends being leery of low-carb product labeling. It's problematic, she says, because the Food and Drug Administration has no official definition for "low-carbohydrate" and has yet to approve any low-carbohydrate labels. For more information about low-carbohydrate foods and diets, read "A Perspective on the 'Low Carb' Bandwagon" in Nutrinet, March 2004, a publication by the U's Department of Food Science and Nutrition.

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