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Atkins vs. Dukan: How Do We Really Search?

Posted on 26th May, 2011 by Mariana Abdala
Grilled chicken

A friend from college is getting married in July. Flowers? Check. Caterer? Check. Dress? How dare we mention the dress! The dress has turned into a catalyst for a crash diet, so now my friend’s goal is to fit the dress, not to have the dress fitted, and thus, she has embarked on a crazy diet, full of no’s and low’s and pain and guilt. Dresses aren’t the only garment that set off fad diet frenzies. Every summer, the bikini and the swim short trigger paranoia about foods and dieting, and people forget that their resolution back in January was to exercise and change their eating habits.


So much Pain. What’s the Gain?

If we take a look at the reputation of trendy diets, the bottom line always seems to be that they don’t really provide us with the tools to improve their health and nutrition. The National Academy of Sciences has long opposed diets like the Atkins Diet, which is heavy in animal proteins and fats. The British Dietetic Association has listed the recently popular Dukan Diet as one of the top five worst celebrity diets of 2011, mainly due to the restriction on carbs, fruit, and other healthy foods. Ultimately, none of these fad diets help anyone out if it can’t be adopted for the long term.

Fortunately, over time, more and more are realizing that dieting and nutrition should extend beyond being able to fit into clothes, and should consist of reasonable goals that help us obtain a happy, fulfilling life.



Nutrition Trends on Foodily

As long as there’s a celebrity losing weight, fad diets will continue to make headline news. In spite of these diets, however, Foodily has observed that people just want to eat a variety of healthy things, and they want to eat well. Let’s take a look at some popular nutrition queries from the week:

Healthy low carb sides
Low fat chicken
Low fat carrots and potatoes
Low fat mexican dishes
Make it more healthy with high fiber granola bars
Omit the potatoes on the side: low carb steak
So long Atkins and Dukan! Make some low fat pasta
Then there’s the “wishful thinking” searches low sugar and low fat desserts
And of course, the “Just give me a healthy version” query, that includes the word healthy.


Eating Healthy Requires the Right Tools

In sum, lots of us aren’t looking for the lowest calorie smoothie, or vegetables with no oil, or a dinner dish with no carbs. When given the right tools, we have a very practical approach to health and nutrition. We want healthy alternatives, but we also want to keep enjoying food. Foodily’s nutrition search tools assist in that goal. In addition to the searches above, we’ve observed that people include healthy ingredients in their searches a good chunk of the time. Some examples include chicken breast, assorted veggies, fish, quinoa, and salad. In the end, we still want to enjoy dessert, but also make the effort to cut back on the bad fat and added sugars. Foodily is happy to have helped so many find what they’re looking for, and we’ll continue to provide powerful search tools so that everyone can find their healthiest meals.

We would love to hear feedback on our recent nutrition trends. Tell us what you think and what you’ve observed about healthy eating.


Mariana Abdala works on semantic search development at Foodily.

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Comments (3)

  1. 26th May 2011

    My husband & I have switched to Whole Foods – Plant Based eating as described in the documentary “Forks Over Knifes.” We enjoy whole grains, fruits and vegetables.

  2. 27th May 2011
    by Anjali Peswani

    This seems really interesting, would like to be updated more often regarding the changeing trends in food & nutrition.

  3. 1st Jun 2011
    by Jessica Gwozdz

    The word “diet” has gotten such a dirty reputation….a diet is simply what you eat. If you eat right and get exercise, the results you want will follow. Junk in, junk out, right?

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