Saturday, January 5, 2008
Birth defects down after low-carb craze
Rates have dropped 30 percent in state since peak of the diet trend in 2003
By Richard Craver
The passing of the low-carb craze and an increase in fortified, high-grain foods appears to have helped reduce the rate of birth defects in North Carolina, two nonprofit agencies said yesterday.
The N.C. Folic Acid Council and the March of Dimes reported that the rate of defects affecting the central nervous system has dropped 30 percent in the state since the low-carb fad peaked in 2003.