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Old Fri, May-18-18, 03:26
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By Sophie Egan, Washington Post

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Does it seem like suddenly everyone you know is identifying as Paleo, giving keto a whirl, or suffering through Whole 30? Well, it’s not your imagination.

Compared with this time last year, the percentage of American adults following a specific diet protocol more than doubled, from 14 percent to 36 percent. In other words: Food tribes are on the rise. That’s one of the most surprising findings of the annual Food & Health Survey released today by the International Food Information Council Foundation.

The most popular dozen diets were, in descending order: intermittent fasting, Paleo, gluten-free, low-carb, Mediterranean, Whole 30, high-protein, vegetarian/vegan, weight-loss plan, cleanse, DASH and ketogenic/high-fat. Taken alone, each of these diet dogmas snatches up only 3 to 10 percent of the population. (Respondents — of which there were more than 1,000, in a weighted national sample polled online in March — could choose more than one.) But altogether, about 16 percent were eating low-carb in some way. And the reason seems to stem from evolving perceptions of what causes weight gain.

Of those following a certain creed over the past year, weight-related motivators were at the top of the list. Those surveyed considered sugar the top calorie-related culprit of weight gain, followed by carbohydrates, cited by 25 percent of respondents — up 5 percentage points compared with 2017, and a record for the 13-year survey.

Admittedly, a methodological asterisk is at play: Last year, participants were given an open text box rather than specific diets to choose from. But according to the foundation, the spike was probably caused by more substantive undercurrents. In the quest for optimal health and weight, what is driving more Americans to follow specific diet regimens?


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Eight in 10 respondents agreed with the statement, “There is a lot of conflicting information about what foods I should eat or avoid,” which 59 percent said made them doubt their choices. This may lead consumers toward a desire for simplified nutrition messaging, said Lewin- Zwerdling. Instead of the stress and decision fatigue that plagues many shoppers, your grocery list becomes laser-focused. As in: skip the bakery section, or just find all the Paleo stuff.

Widespread confusion may also help explain why intermittent fasting was the most popular mode of consumption, at 10 percent. It offers the ultimate simplicity. People appear to be drawn to the control and structure it provides, in addition to its straightforward tenets: Eat. Then don’t eat. Like a faucet, you just turn it on and off. Everything else gets to stay the same.

So while an array of newish dietary doctrines may draw some of us into distinct food tribes, what’s capturing the greatest attention is old-fashioned abstinence — surely a familiar concept from American history. You know what else the survey revealed about our food choices? Almost nothing beats the familiar.



https://www.washingtonpost.com/life...m=.ecb01f721b7f

Infographic of survey results. https://www.foodinsight.org/sites/d...fographic-2.jpg

PR: https://www.foodinsight.org/2018-fo...inable-trending

This Food Insight organization had a recent article/interview with their RD, who labeled every one of the low-carb diets as a "fad diet". Happy that 16% are not listening to her

Jason Fung tweeted this yesterday with the bolded highlight, DietDoctor added it this morning with links to Dr Fung's video course. https://www.dietdoctor.com/new-surv...t-popular-diets

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This Food Insight organization had a recent article/interview with their RD, who labeled every one of the low-carb diets as a "fad diet". Happy that 16% are not listening to her
I wonder what the percent would be and how much healthier people would be if Registered Dogmatists did not label all LC diets as "fads"? Back in the 1950's & 60's it was common wisdom that sugar and starch is what made people fat.
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The IFIC is financed by:
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Abbott Nutrition
Atkins Nutritionals, Inc.
Barilla Group
Bayer CropScience LP
Cargill, Incorporated
Chobani
The Coca-Cola Company
Compass Group
The Dannon Company, Inc.
Dow AgroSciences, LLC
DSM
DuPont Nutrition & Health
Ferrero USA
General Mills, Inc.
Heartland Food Products Group
The Hershey Company
HYET Sweet
Mars, Incorporated
McCormick & Company, Inc.
McKee Foods
Mondelēz International
PepsiCo
Red Bull North America
Subway
STEMconnector®
Yum! Brands
Zoetis

What the hell is Atkins Nutritionals doing with those guys? Anyways, this:
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Food tribes are on the rise.

A denigrating statement. To denigrate is to belittle, disparage, sully, defame, to treat as of lacking value or importance. The term "food tribe" translates into "tribe of food". "Of food" can mean a lot of things. Made of, believes in, holds such, allows such, forbids such, consumes such, produces such, distributes such, knows such, etc.

Who is the IFIC and is it a food tribe - a tribe of food - as well? By all measures, it is. Based on its mission statement, the IFIC knows of food. By its financial support, it represents producers and providers of food, yet other types of tribes of food. For all intents and purposes, the IFIC is a public front for for-profit groups.

That's one tribe of food bashing other tribes of food just because the other tribes of food don't wanna buy their stuff. Maybe I'm just cynical, but that's how the whole thing looks to me.
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Nutrient blamed for weight gain
Fat 16 %
Sugar 33%
Carbohydrate 25 %
Protein 3%


Also from that IFIC page, interesting. Is that 3 percent militant vegans, or low carbers worried about steak turning into chocolate cake? Full disclosure, since a more ketogenic diet, a little lower in protein, keeps me from binges better than a higher protein low carb diet is, there's a grain of truth in protein making me, at least, a bit fatter.
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What the hell is Atkins Nutritionals doing with those guys? Anyways, this:

A denigrating statement. To denigrate is to belittle, disparage, sully, defame, to treat as of lacking value or importance. The term "food tribe" translates into "tribe of food". "Of food" can mean a lot of things. Made of, believes in, holds such, allows such, forbids such, consumes such, produces such, distributes such, knows such, etc.

Who is the IFIC and is it a food tribe - a tribe of food - as well? By all measures, it is. Based on its mission statement, the IFIC knows of food. By its financial support, it represents producers and providers of food, yet other types of tribes of food. For all intents and purposes, the IFIC is a public front for for-profit groups.

That's one tribe of food bashing other tribes of food just because the other tribes of food don't wanna buy their stuff. Maybe I'm just cynical, but that's how the whole thing looks to me.

Well stated. Subtle and not so subtle generalizations invoking stereotypes by using terms like "food tribes" are certainly strategically intended to isolate these radical "dietary head cases", my own translation, in order to make the majority believe that adoption of a certain way of disciplined eating is out of desperation, not a valid health pursuit. Neuro-linguistic Programming at its finest and used, not to help people, but to plant the seeds encouraging Groupthink with the intended result of developing subconscious perceptions of certain unacceptable behaviors by certain fringe groups. That's a very sensible approach by those financially supporting IFIC.
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What the hell is Atkins Nutritionals doing with those guys?



I can answer that: They're trying to get REAL information out to the public, by donating to the IFIC like the "bad guys". Smart of them, but likely just a waste of money.
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