Accusation 7: Purports that Atkins Claims Supplements are Necessary

A number of objectionable statements appear on the website regarding Atkins…

  • Cost of Supplements. The site mentions the cost of vitamins and manufactured foods purportedly necessary to be purchased from Atkins in order to adhere to the ANA [Atkins Diet] (page 19). However, these products are recommended only to supplement a variety of whole foods, including meats, cheeses, fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. The ANA [Atkins Diet] guidelines meet the federal minimum fruits and vegetables recommendations, including in the Induction Phase.

In regards to your objection that describes supplements as necessary on your diet, we refer you to the latest and last edition of Dr. Atkins’ book, a chapter entitled “Nutritional Supplements: Don’t Even Think of Getting Along Without Them.”[850]

Also, as documented in the Malnutrition section, the Atkins Diet most certainly does not meet minimum federal recommendations for fruits and vegetables according to an independent peer-reviewed nutritional analysis published in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition.[851]