Dana Carpender still supporting Kimkins?

Dana had a long absence from her blog Hold the Toast but started posting again at the beginning of this year. Somehow she managed to find the time to comment on the Kimkins controversy during the time the didn’t keep up her blog. And what was her comment? She supported Kimkins! Perhaps not very surprising as Dana’s latest book (from 2006) was titled “Every Calorie Counts Cookbook: 500 Great-Tasting, Sugar-Free, Low-Calorie Recipes”

References to Dana’s support of Kimkins are still available on the internet. There is no information that she has denounced Kimkins or that she disagrees with the Kimkins diet. From all appearances she still supports it.

While the original comment has been removed from Jimmy Moore’s site, Dana’s statement is still available, in part, on Carbwire:

July 16, 2007

I recently wrote about this whole subject of believing so strongly in a singular diet as the means for weight loss and improved health in this blog post and I got both criticism and support from people who are on either side of this issue. Many support the Kimkins low-carb diet for people who want to try it to lose weight and get healthy while others oppose Kimkins because they think the founder of the diet is fraud and the diet is dangerously unhealthy.

But in the midst of all of this back and forth about who’s right, I received an unexpected e-mail from a major voice in the low-carb community to say the least–it’s Dana Carpender! This bestselling low-carb recipe queen and cookbook author has been watching all of this debate over the Kimkins diet lately and scratching her head about what the big deal is.

Dana is not at all happy with the way the Kimkins haters have responded to this diet which is helping a whole lot of people shed the pounds when nothing else worked for them. She has a message to share with those who have been most vocal in this despicable display of disgusting behavior over a low-carb diet option like Kimkins.

It’s a pity the email is no longer available. Did Dana really call us ‘haters” or is that something that Jimmy added?

I would also like to know what Dana thinks about Kimkins today. She is not saying anything about it. Why? She spoke out in support of Kimkins back then. Is that still how she feels? I think she needs to clarify her stand as she is an important figure in the low carb community thanks to her cook books

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6 Responses

  1. My impression at the time was that Jimmy put words in Dana’s mouth, and also slanted the Kimkins situation sharply when he discussed it with her. Her statement IIRC was along the lines of ‘oh it’s just more lowcarb bashing, like Atkins endured’. People shouldn’t criticize what they don’t know. Except in this case, we were the ones who knew and she was not. Jimmy posted her message to support himself, and the words above were his, not hers.

    I do think that Dana should have asked more questions or done more research before saying anything at all, though I don’t think she realized her email would end up on his blog. He generally doesn’t ask people before doing that, as you well know.

  2. I forgot to say, I think Dana should clarify her position. Her book and blog readers may not be aware of the Kimkins scandal, and I’d hate to have anyone think she supports it when (I hope) she does not.

  3. I hope she didn’t support the kimkins plan and it was embellished.

  4. OYB said:
    “I forgot to say, I think Dana should clarify her position. Her book and blog readers may not be aware of the Kimkins scandal, and I’d hate to have anyone think she supports it when (I hope) she does not.”
    My point exactly. She is writing on her blog again. It wouldn’t be much of an effort to make one short blog post to say that she does not support kimkins, if that is actually the case. Why the silence?

  5. Dana got dragged into the mess because Jimmy, the ventriloquist, spoke for her. Therefore, I think Jimmy should be the one to confirm her current attitude towards Kimkins. (It will also give her a chance to scold him for taking private correspondence public. 🙂 I’d like to be a fly on the wall about then.)

  6. […] Carpender support Kimkins or not? Back in May this year, I expressed disappointment that by all accounts Dana Carpender was in favor of the Kimkins Diet. I then pointed […]

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