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Friday, August 17, 2012

Low-carb preference on increase, Gallup Poll indicates

Most people in America still believe it's better to reduce fat in your diet than carbs, but according to a Gallup poll, that majority has eroded over the past 10 years.  See:

Americans Still Say Low-Fat Diet Better Than Low-Carb But Slightly More Now Prefer a Low-Carb Diet Than in the Past
by Andrew Dugan and Frank Newport

Note the spin in the headline -- "hardly any more people think low-carb is good."

But look at the actual numbers in the article. It could just as well have been titled, "Americans' Preference for Low-Carb Diet Skyrockets; Low-Fat Falters."

In 2002, 22 percent of Americans were reported as saying a low-carb diet was "more beneficial from a health perspective." In 2012, that jumped to 30 percent. That means the number of people who believe low-carb is better jumped by nearly a third.

Sixty-eight percent said low-fat was best in 2002. That declined to 63% by 2012.