I LOVE the Low Carb Craze and let me count the ways:
Pasta at the grocery store yesterday was 10 boxes for $4.00!!! Because no one's eating it. More for me!!! yayyy! I can also find whole wheat pasta in the regular grocery store too!
Sprouted wheat bread, which is naturally lower in carbs and more to the point delicious, flavorful, and higher in fiber than the fake whole wheat crap you see at the regular grocery stores is now available at the regular grocery stores.
Better produce selection because fruits and veggies are low carb.
93% lean ground beef thanks to South Beach. Sadly I've lost my taste for red meat, but it was nice while it lasted.
Bigger cheese selection in the grocery stores. I love cheese!
Frozen pizza is cheaper because no one is buying it. MOre for me!
Potatoes are cheaper and sweet potatoes are more widely available.
What I'm totally sick of is the "Atkins Friendly" logo on everything including toilet paper. Atkins is known as Fatkins in our house.
To be honest, I did the South Beach Diet, and lost weight. Of all the ketogenic diets I liked how the book discussed the glycemic index of foods. I am a sugarholic, and it helped curb my sweet tooth. I started eating more fresh whole foods, took walks at lunch, etc. I also liked the emphasis on wholesome foods. I also found that I was horribly constipated during phase 1, so I added much more fiber in my diet, and never gave up coffee.
When I found out I was pg I put the book away, because potato chips help my morning sickness, and I obeyed my craving for more pasta and crackers. The book did help me make better choices, even for the carbs.
What bothers me most about this current diet craze is that they are making crappy unhealthy food seem good for you. But OTOH they did the same thing when low fat was the thing to do. Remember when everything became fat free (and they didn't mention it was full of partially hydrogenated oil)? Remember Olestra????
This too shall pass when the next big thing comes along.