Roots of the Atkins diet

BMJ 2005; 330 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.330.7483.132 (Published 13 January 2005)
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  1. Timo Strandberg (timo.strandberg@hus.fi), senior researcher
  1. Department of Medicine, Geriatric Clinic, University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland

    The Atkins and similar diets have gained wide popularity and led to scientific scrutiny of low carbohydrate diets for treating obesity. However, perceptive observations on carbohydrate-rich diets and obesity can be found as far back as the start of the 19th century. In his book Physiologie du Gout (Physiology of Taste) French lawyer, politician, and lay physician Jean-Anthelme Brillat-Savarin …

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