(US) Fattening the bottom line - Restaurants find Atkins menu items attract weight-conscious
- [from Fort Worth Star Telegram]
There were no PowerPoint-showing consultants, focus groups or consumer
polls. When Dale Simon's customers -- who come for the chicken-fried steak
and rolls and stay for the banana split pie -- saw him drop 100 pounds in
five months on the Atkins diet, they urged the now-218-pound restaurateur
to offer the same low-carb items at his Dixie House Cafe on East Lancaster
Avenue in Fort Worth.
Now, 10 percent of Dixie House's lunch orders are $6.25 Atkins Plates --
2/3-pound hamburger steak, pork chop or grilled chicken breast, each with
two veggies or a salad with bacon and sliced boiled egg. The percentage is
higher at Theresa's Dixie Cafe, a sister eatery run by Simon's wife on
The Atkins people did react, angrily, to a recent news conference at which
a pro-vegetarian doctors' group cited the fatal heart attacks of a
teen-ager and a 41-year-old man who were on the low-carb diet. Another
patient developed severe artery blockage, and a fourth developed recurring
kidney stones while following the Atkins diet, said the nonprofit
Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine.
The Atkins statement said the group "appears to be exploiting the obesity
and diabetes crisis in this country to further its own vegan political and
philosophical agenda, regardless of the scientific evidence."
The physicians' committee responded by saying the Atkins diet supplement
company was itself misrepresenting research on the diet's effects on health.
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