Food manufacturers are trying to satisfy the recent demand for low-carb products while at the same time recognizing the potentially harmful effects of extreme low-carb diets. According to recent studies, between 10 million and 24 million Americans are following low-carb diets. The Atkins plan, which allows liberal amounts of bacon, eggs, and other high-fat products, is viewed as more extreme than some of the other diets, and a report from the Physician's Committee for Responsible Medicine asserts that the Atkins diet could lead to heart disease. The trend may be swinging back to that of a more balanced diet, and food makers are trying to follow suit. For example, the Hershey Company is teaming up with Barry Sears, MD, advocate of the Zone diet, to make a line of nutrition bars that will not stress a low-carb diet but rather a balanced diet. William Johnson, CEO of Heinz, the makers of Smart Ones frozen entrees, agrees that the trend will become about balanced diets."It hits people who are interested in low-carb, it hits people who are interested in caloric intake, and it hits people who just want to feel better about themselves."
One study linked multiple pregnancies to an increased risk of developing atrial fibrillation later in life, and another investigated the association between premature delivery and cardiovascular disease.
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