If you're on a low carb diet, undoubtedly one comment you've heard from friends and family is that this is an unhealthy, dangerous diet. Science and research have proven that low carb is actually NATURAL.
Usually the people who trumpet that "Atkins is Dangerous! South Beach is Dangerous!" are working with a completely mistaken view of what these diets ARE. These diets have nothing to do with gorging on bacon and hot dogs. They do not involve avoiding all vegetables! In fact, the diet is about eating LOTS of vegetables and healthy proteins, which are key to good health.
The core of a low carb diet is to cut down on sugars and processed foods. That is the whole basic idea. You cut out white rice, white bread and potatoes because those are FULL of sugars. You get more than enough sugar in regular foods without ladelling it onto your plate in relatively tasteless white clumps!
Instead, you eat lots of fresh, healthy vegetables and salads. You have fresh fish with their omega oils. You have chicken, pork and steak. You drink 8 glasses of water a day. How is this unhealthy?
Some people complain that you are in "ketosis" without even knowing what ketosis is. Explain to them that ALL ketosis means is that your body is burning fat. The only other thing your body burns is sugar. It is NOT normal for the human body to live on sugar - it is only in the past century that we have turned into sugar-eating blimps. If anything, it is all those sugar-burners out there that are unhealthy. And sure enough, over 2/3rds of adults in the US are overweight!
Be sure to read all the medical research that promotes low carb diets - and share your knowledge with the uneducated!
What are Ketones and Ketosis
Medical Support of Low Carb Diets
Lisa Shea's Library of Low Carb Books