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  1. Ossi
    It's funny how you don't really have a need for bread when you eat real food with good fats. I eat two or three meals a day and dont have a need to have bread for snacks.
  2. Michael
    As someone from the country with the largest variety of bread types on the planet, who used to bake his own bread for many years, I have to say it was really remarkable how easy it was to simply forget about the spongy stuff from one day to the other.

    These days I even get uneasy when I'm eating soup - there's just not enough SUBSTANCE in most of them; all that water ... :)

  3. Patti
    Michael when I make homemade soup I throw in a tablespoon or two of lard so it has a better fat content....plus it's delish!
  4. Raclette
    I have switched from lots of (homemade) bread and jam to a few finncrisp crackers, with chunks of butter and dried herbs. It's nice. But what should I melt my cheese on?
  5. Maggan A
    Raclett

    I love loads of melted cheese on my breakfast omelette. Yummy!

  6. JAUS
    #4 A plate? Grated cheese on a plate a minute or two in the microwave = very tasty.
  7. Raclette
    Thanks for the support :)!
  8. Mike W
    Not to be too cynical, but here are some U.S. newspaper headlines:

    "Low-carb craze challenges bakeries"
    "Bakers Losing Bread to Low-Carb Diet Trend"
    "Breadmakers feel pain from Atkins diet"

    Those headlines are from 2003/2004. Total wheat consumption did drop in the U.S. for a couple years (due to the Taubes NY Times article?), but eventually bounced back. Current domestic consumption is about the same as it was in the 90's.

    Just sayin', even good ideas can fall out of fashion. Sweden's challenge is to make sure low-carb philosophy survives the "fad" stage.

  9. Maggan A
    Mike

    To many people have been succesfull with this "fad" and it is thanks to the Internet the "news" is spreading like a fire. There is no going back anymore.
    btw... what exactly does fad mean?

  10. Peggy Holloway
    Andreas:
    Why is Marion Nestle's "Food Politics" included on the English blog page? She just posted an article praising the adoption of the USDA's new policies for school lunches, and they are just appalling. I don't think Marion is on "our side" by any means and I'd recommend eliminating any links to her site.
    Concerned US citizen
  11. Peggy, I'll second that. The USDA's new policies are supposed to be healthier.
    Healthier? Cut the fat, increase the carbs, and increase insulin production which causes more fat to be stored. Keep the kids hungry and deprive them of energy, making it hard to think and learn. Sounds like a great plan...
  12. Milton
    @Maggan (9): A fad is when something becomes very popular for a short while, and then the popularity fades and it is generally forgotten. Due to the health and weight problems in the USA over the past 40-50 years, many different diets become popular for a short time, then fade away for a while, then are embraced again. Calling something a fad doesn't mean that it is good or bad, or right or wrong, it's just a measure of short-term popularity.

    Low-carb eating has been a fad here in the past. With the constant and determined emphasis on low-fat eating with lots of grains and bread, there is little institutionalized support for it. And with the way foods are packaged and promoted here (where sugary cereals get fancy stickers that say HEART HEALTHY on the box) it can be very difficult to get honest answers on what is healthy and what is not. The intriguing thing about the LCHF 'revolution' in Sweden is that it might become more widespread instead of fading away, and maybe we'll get a chance to see the effect that it can have on a larger population over a longer period of time.

  13. Maggan A
    Milton

    Thanks for the information.

    Sweden has only 9 million people so compared whit the USA we are like a very small village. The good thing is that news travels fast in small villages.

    I belive almost everyone in the Swedish LCHF community are very optimistic about the future because all the signs are pointing in the same good direction. LCHF will never be a fad because we simply won´t allow it and let that happen.

    In a few years from now the rest of the world will take an interest in what this crazy neighburs to the Northpole is up to and the snowball starts rolling...

    I´m very optimistic and I´m not the only one over here ;-)

  14. moreporkplease
    Ms. Nestle is the ultimate voice of conventional wisdom, and we read her to understand where the CW is at right now. As the former head of NYU's Department of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health at New York University, she was in the position of needing to acquire funding for the institution. Guess where that comes from? Large foundations based in the conventional wisdom! f

    To be fair however a big recent announcement was a $720,000 grant from the American Cancer Society to study - guess what? - the effects of insulin on cancer: http://blogs.nyu.edu/blogs/dbw1/ataglance/2011/11/niyati_parekh_recei...

  15. jake3_14
    This article's headline is misleading (imagine that). It's only "industrial bread" that's predicted to decline in popularity. Artisanal bread sales will make up for that.
  16. Jay Wortman MD
    During the most recent resurgence of the Atkins diet in the US, in the early 2000's, many food sectors saw declining sales. These included producers of bread and other grain products, orange juice, potatoes and pasta. In each of these cases, the industry groups developed counter-attack strategies, some of which were covert. The pasta producers actually held a meeting in Rome and announced they would work "behind the scenes" to defend their industry. In the end, I think they were successful in derailing the trend to low-carb dieting. I am sure their Swedish counterparts will be studying how this was done and will be attempting to do the same.
  17. Maggan A
    Yes Jay

    Their Swedish counterparts are working hard.... but we are now living in 2012 and almost everyone has internetaccess today, wich was not the case in the early 2000. As far as I have seen not many (enough) listens to them or trust them anymore - they are playing a loosers game.

  18. The widespread adoption of a healthy high fat low carb diet that would lead to a lean population in the US and Europe and go a long way to eliminating many of the health problems that currently afflict these populations would be a disaster for the economies of these nations. The fast food and general food industries, the wheat and corn farming industries and especially the health and pharmaceutical business would all be virtually decimated. To prevent an economic collapse of the gravest nature it is imperative that the current myth of fat being the root of all evil in our society be perpetuated.
  19. Maggan A
    Cate

    On the other hand it is a huge advantage for any nation to have a healthy population...

  20. Maggan

    I agree whole heartedly. I was being sarcastic. I live an LCHF lifestyle and have never been healthier in my life. Since adopting LCHF not only have I dropped 35 plus pounds but I feel 10 years younger, I don't get sick and I have tons of energy....

  21. Unfortunately there's very little money to be made in preventative health. It may be a huge advantage to have a healthy population but it's not a profitable one for many of today's businesses. They will fight tooth and nail to prevent their cash flows from being reduced.
  22. Maggan A
    Cate

    I know you where sarcastic ;-)

    But hwo cares about the "business"? They will fight for there profit of course, but as less and less people trust them, there days of profit are counted and soon ended. The revolution that is going on now is the peoples revolution and we dont ask anybodys permission. We just do it!

  23. finn
    Yes same in Finland. What is good big corporations have shut down their bread factories but then small bakeries who makes organic and good bread have overtaken the local market. Corporate bread means dough have been made months ago in Latvia, frozed and then they ship it to Finland where they only heat it. It's pure crap compared to small bakery bread.

    Even I am on a low carb diet, I once a week or month eat good bread with butter. Home-made or bought from a small bakery.

  24. Maggan,

    Hopefully those of us that are 'just doing it' and getting healthy will grow in numbers as others see the obvious benefits. I know friends of mine are starting to follow LCHF as they see how much weight I've lost and how healthy and energetic I've become. A revolution of healthy people changing the world. As they'd say in the islands, "Soon come".

  25. Maggan A
    Cate

    Yes we grow in numbers everyday for the simple reason that it WORKS! The snowball i rolling and notihing can stop it! :-)

    finn

    Hello neighbur. Keep up the good work on the east side :-)

  26. Sara
    Hi, As a danish woman, i need to bang my head sometimes, especially after to my surprice reading about a new Protein diet, promoted by danish doctor "slim" Arne Astrup, our leading doctor in mainstream magasines, giving mostly ladies "good advice", when it comes to dieting.Anyway, I read about the diet, and sadly it was all the same old advice, wrapped up in a new disguise.So we have a looong way to go here in Denmark, when it comes to LCHF....We really need our own Andreas, to stand up with some good new science to show the danes that fat is not bad at all...
    Anyway here is a link to the fad diet http://www.udeoghjemme.dk/Slank/Slankekure/2010/35-53/~/media/website...
  27. Bread is my downfall.

    Dining in a restaurant is a challenge for me when bread sticks or rolls are brought to the table as soon as I'm seated. I've started trying to order a soup appetizer quickly, to keep me from starting on a bread binge.

  28. Maggan A
    Jim....

    When they bring the bread, just ask them to take it away again and bring some fresh vegetabels instead. Like tomatos with slices of red union in olive oil. Or just som olives...

    But I don´t need to tell you this. You already know it ;-)

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