So there’s been a lot of talk in the news lately about low-carb diets and how they aren’t healthy etc. etc. This morning, while getting ready for work, I heard yet another warning about low-carb diets, this time regarding how low-carb diets can cause birth defects. The theory behind this latest scare is that women who are watching their carb intake our avoiding foods that have folic acid – which has been proven to be a neccessity for women before and during their pregnancies. And that’s fine – yes, women who want to reproduce need folic acid, and yes, things like orange juice, which is high in folic acid are a no-no if you are low-carbing it. My issue is the panic they are stirring up – their implications are ridiculous – the suggestion seems to be that if you are on a low-carb diet you are at risk of what? Giving birth to a baby with two heads? What’s with the media? Where is the calm rationale that would suggest, “Hey, if you are on a low-carb diet and want to have a baby, you need to make sure you get your folic acid – if not naturally, in the form of a supplement.” Supplements! They were invented for a reason! What is with the media having to criticize every diet that becomes popular and resorting to scare tactics like they do. Do they want society to fail? Do they want society to be fat?
Argh… and what irks me most is the ultimate message that’s being delivered it seems – you can be fat and pregnant or skinny and not – unless of course you don’t have a weight problem to start with and we all know that skinny chicks get everything :).
Sidenote: My boss is determined that I will be having a baby soon (as in within the year). She figures that since I am getting married, it’s only a matter of time. This morning, she told me that I have to start taking folic acid as of May 5th – in fact, she will probably buy me some as a wedding present. I keep asking her what she knows that I don’t know :).