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Atkins deficient only in stodge

Susan Jebb (Answer Back, September 22) either has not read Atkins or is wilfully misrepresenting his work.

The evidence for the effectiveness of the reduced carbohydrate diet is quite clear, and evident on a daily basis to any diabetic using a blood sugar monitor.

The eating of potatoes, pastry, bread, pasta and other dense carbohydrates results in hyperglycaemia.

Of course, until about 30 years ago this was common knowledge, and diabetics had

to count portions of carbohydrate.

Since then, I suspect Atkins is right that the relevant US food committees were nobbled by the cereal farmers to push their products. On a reduced carbohydrate diet you do not have to eat more protein or fat.

Atkins is actually quite keen on salads and greens ­ certainly not a diet deficient in anything except stodge.

Dr AJ Coates

Upper Lydbrook

Gloucestershire

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