Tuesday, October 11, 2011

"True" History Tuesday - Dr. Atkins Invented Crescent Rolls

Physician and Cardiologist, Dr. Robert Coleman Atkins is best known for the Atkins Nutritional Approach, otherwise known as the Atkins Diet.  The controversial diet involves control of carbohydrate consumption. Ever since the diet was revealed in 1972, people have been torturing themselves during the induction phase of the diet.  Several violent interchanges between people can be attributed to what happens on day three of this phase.  People have been struck, stabbed, punched, kicked and run over for just a piece of biscuit or dinner roll.  However, once past induction the diet does actually work.

In addition to the Atkins Diet, Dr. Atkins also invented Pillsbury Crescent Rolls.  While in his lab researching how carbohydrates overproduce insulin and metabolize blood glucose, Dr. Atkins got hungry.  He wanted a nice, buttery, flaky, bread snack.  Since he was researching carbohydrates, he thought it would be nice if that bread snack were shaped a little like the letter C.  Experimenting with various recipes he eventually stumbled upon his favorite.  He decided to call them crescent rolls since crescent also begins with the letter C.  While eating the rolls, Atkins completed his nutritional research and in 1972 published his book, Dr. Atkin’s Diet Revolution.

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