Low carbohydrate / high protein diets have become huge in America. Large numbers of Americans are following the Atkins Diet and other popular 'fad' diets aimed at increasing protein intake and reducing or restricting carbohydrate intake. As a result, there has been a great demand for low-carb products. America's food industry has responded by introducing a number of low-carb products onto the market. Bread, cereals, pasta, dairy, desserts, cakes, candy/confectionery, potato chips, snack foods, soft drink and alcohol, are now becoming available in low-carb varieties.
Australia is still a long way behind the USA for low-carb products and services, but new opportunities are opening up for low-carb foods. Most low-carb products can only be found at a limited number of shops or suppliers, or on the internet. Low-carb products currently available in Australia include Atkins products, bread, breakfast cereals, chocolate, mixes and powders, pasta, sauces and syrups.
Two important things to remember in regards to these products:
- Like low-fat products, people often think that they can eat as much of these low-carb foods as they want.
- The packaging and labelling of low-carb products is often misleading; "low-carb" is not a regulated term.
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