Health: Breaking Bread

Two studies yield good news about protein. But yes, there are caveats

It pays to tell people what they want to hear. Witness the continuing popularity of the Atkins diet, the granddaddy of nearly all the low-carbohydrate, high-protein regimens clamoring to banish your love handles. Here's a plan that promises you can eat pork rinds and Brie and still lose weight. Dr. Robert Atkins' books have sold some 15 million copies over the past 30 years, and his potential audience just keeps growing. More than 60% of American adults are overweight or obese, according to the latest estimates.

On some level, most of us figure the low-carb message has to be too good...

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