Many Parisians can, like myself, count a half dozen bakeries within a two-minute walk from their apartment. Boulangeries often have longs lines snaking out of them. So it’s a surprise to hear that the French are eating less bread than ever these days–to the point which a bakers’ lobby felt the need to step in with promotional campaign. (Still–at a consumption average of half a baguette per person per day, it’s not exactly a “fast.”)
Missing in the otherwise interesting New York Times article on the subject is mention of the Atkins diet, which demonized carbs. Can French bakers convince people that baguettes help you LOSE weight? I know too many people who have shed pounds by skipping croissants. (Personally, I will never give them up.) What’s your take?