May 11, 2007
Atkins Dieters: Beware of Flashing Lights
Crabby has always been unreasonably suspicious of the Atkins diet. Apparently it's gotten much more sensible over the years, and it works for a lot of people.
Still, Crabby remembers all those early Atkins adherents who ordered plates of bacon and eggs and butter-covered steaks, scrupulously avoiding innocent food like carrots and apples. Sure, they dropped lots of weight fast but they looked so miserable. Any diet that deprives one of the occasional slice of bread or chocolate cupcake does not rank high on Crabby's list.
So forgive her if she found herself amused by this item, which reports an unfortunate possible side effect of the Atkins diet:
It could get you tossed in the pokey for a DUI.
Apparently the excess blood ketones that result from an incomplete breakdown of fats can be converted in the liver to alcohol, and can cause a false-positive blood alcohol test in someone who hasn't been drinking.
Do they serve no-carb ice cream in jail?