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Low-Carb Diets Blamed for Drop in Flour Consumption

posted on May 2, 2003

Whatever happened to flour power?

The increasing popularity of low-carbohydrate diets has caused flour consumption in the United States to plummet to record lows.

The government says domestic use of flour has dropped for two years running, something that hasn't happened since the 1950s. Producers and milling companies believe low-carb diets are to blame.

Thousands of dieters have been drawn to low-carb regimens, such as the Atkins diet, which allows people to eat meat and fat, while avoiding refined carbohydrates like sugar, corn syrup and white flour.

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