Wednesday, June 7, 2006

Time Magazine - 5 Foods to Fear - June 7, 2006 Radak on Unhealthy "Health" Snacks

Wednesday, Jun. 07, 2006

Five Foods to Fear
Most consumers realize candy bars and soda aren't going to work wonders for their health, but some nutritionists maintain lists of foods to avoid that go far beyond Cokes and Kit-Kats. From syrupy sports drinks to surprisingly sugary cereal bars, here are five supermarket foods health experts advise everyone to stay away from.
1) Syrupy Sports Drinks
Many parents think Gatorade and other sports drinks are healthy summer beverages, but such drinks are often high in both sodium and sugar. Michele Simon, founder of the Center for Informed Food Choices, says sugary sports drinks like Capri-Sun Sport are nearly as unhealthy as soda, and recommends that exercising kids opt for water instead. Kraft lists the first three ingredients as water, high fructose corn syrup and sugar, with 16 grams of sugar and 55 milligrams of sodium in every little pouch. "This is just another form of sugar water," Simon says. "Athletes in Florida running marathons may benefit from sports drinks, but for kids doing ordinary exercise, these sports drinks do more harm than good."
2) Sugary Cereal Bars
Breakfast cereal can be full of fiber, or full of, well, other stuff. And breakfast bars, a newer product aimed at fast eaters running off to school or work, can be just as unhealthy as the worst of cereals. Some have yogurt coatings which are actually composed of dextrose and partially hydrogenated soybean oils. Others are just sweetened cereals repackaged into a candy-bar like wrapper. One product that the Center for Science in the Public Interest says to avoid is Kellogg's Nutri-Grain Blueberry Yogurt Bars, which are high in sodium, low in fiber, and not much better for you than the sweetened stuff people usually call dessert.
3) Fatty "Instant" Meals
For those who love meals on the go, frozen dinners and pre-packaged lunches come in handy. But consumers looking for quick nutrition should probably look elsewhere, according to Amy Lanou, a nutritionist at the University of North Carolina at Asheville. "People think of turkey as a lighter meat, less fatty," she says. "But when you take a low-cost frozen dinner, they tend to be the cheaper, fattier cuts of 
meat." One product with surprising nutritional content is Swanson's Hungry Man XXL Roasted Carved Turkey, which clocks in at 5,410 mg of sodium per package. "Turkey may seem a quick meal, but between sodium, fat and cholesterol, you're challenging your body to deal with excesses it may not be happy to deal with," Lanou says.
4) Super-Sweetened Milk
Milk has long been a staple for lunch rooms and late-night snacks, but the new varieties of sugary milk are worth taking another look at, nutritionists say. Lanou recently examined the nutritional content of various chocolate milk cartons side by side with popular colas. "I don't think parents realize that when they offer up sweetened chocolate milk, they're generally giving their children ounce for ounce the same amount of sugar as sodas do," she says. A container of Hershey's Vanilla Cream Milkshake, for instance, has 560 calories and 77 grams of sugar. "If you're going to drink milk, choose a lower-fat version," Lanou says. "And
consider water or a healthy juice instead."
5) Unhealthy "Health" Snacks
From gourmet potato chips to candied dried fruit, packaged snacks that have the look and feel of health foods are increasingly popular. Whole Foods, the mecca of organic, good-for-you eats, carries some of these, as do local health food stores around the country. Experts warn that though they may sound nutritious or may be billed as "organic," salty, fried veggie chips, for instance, are often more tasty than healthy. And health-watchers steer away from sweetened, packaged "fruit" products— such as fried banana chips— which can be high in saturated fat and contain far more sugar than the fruit they're derived from.
"They're not far away from regular candy," says Tim Radak, a nutritionist and program manager at the Northern California Cancer Center. "They may throw in fruit juice and call them fruit snacks, but they're quite far from a real piece of fruit."


Thursday, March 2, 2006

Diet Tips From Four Top Weight Loss Plans - Vegan diet sound too extreme? Radak March 2006


Diet Tips From Four Top Weight Loss Plans - Women's Health Magazine

Vegan diet sound too extreme? We got the best tips from four plans that are easy to incorporate into your lifestyle

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It's tempting to think that if only you were better, more disciplined, and more organized, you could rid your diet of all those nasty animal fats and processed foods. You could eat only organic vegetables and soy-based baked goods. You could finally achieve the same inner peace, shiny hair, and glowing children that macrobiotic dieters like Gwyneth Paltrow and Madonna seem to enjoy. Then again, if you don't have the time, money, or inclination to eat nothing but vegetables and carob-chip cookies, don't despair. We've examined four of the biggest lifestyle diet trends and found how you can benefit from the best nutritional advice from these weight loss plans — without having to grow your own produce or give up your morning bagel. See the WH's Eat Better page and "Veggie Madness," where your favorite produce battles to see who's best.

Raw Food

The Claim
Raw foodists believe that food contains life force and revitalizing properties, and that cooking food above 115 degrees kills the active enzymes responsible for this force. A raw diet consists mostly of fresh fruits and vegetables, nuts, seeds, sprouts, sprouted grains, legumes (in sprout form), sea vegetables, and fresh juices. Forget about meat: Dead animals are so not life-affirming. The payoff for all this roughage? A renewed life force of your own. "Sometimes I
have so much energy, it scares me," says Sarma Melngailis, co-owner of Pure Food and Wine, a raw food restaurant in New York City, and founder of, an online marketplace for all things raw and organic.

The Reality
A recent study in the Journal of Nutrition found that strict raw foodists had lower cholesterol and triglyceride levels than their more lenient counterparts. (But the cutting out of animal fats and processed foods probably has more to do with that than the degree to which they cook their edamame.) "There is not really any scientific mechanism that makes eating raw food better than eating cooked food," says Luigi Fontana, M.D., Ph.D., assistant professor of internal medicine at Washington University in St. Louis. The diet lacks concentrated protein sources, and strict followers "can have deficiency in vitamin B12, zinc, calcium, and vitamin D," he says. That could lead to anemia, a weakened immune system, and osteoporosis. Plus, some foods are better for you cooked: Tomatoes, for example, offer more heart-healthy lycopene when heated.
Real-Life Strategy
Do more with less. Raw food lovers know how to be creative in the kitchen, and adopting some of their tricks can help you boost your vegetable intake — even if you like your food warm. Try this pasta impostor:

Zucchini Pasta with Macadamia, Mint, and Tomato

2 large zucchinis, ends trimmed
1/2 c cold-pressed macadamia oil
3 Tbsp fresh lime juice
Himalayan crystal salt, or sea salt, to taste
1 medium tomato, seeded and diced
1 handful mint, torn into small pieces
1/2 c macadamia nuts, chopped

Julienne the zucchini and place the strips in a medium bowl. Toss with most of the oil, the lime juice, and a generous pinch of salt. Add the tomato and mint and toss well. Toss the nuts in a small bowl with the remaining oil and a pinch of salt, and sprinkle over the zucchini. Serves four.

Raw foodists also rely on vegetable and nut oils to add kick to otherwise bland sprouts and vegetables. We like avocado and macadamia oils, which have the same heart-healthy fats as olive oil and can be used for cooking or salad dressings.

Vegan Diet

The Claim
Taking vegetarianism to the next level, the vegan diet prohibits all animal products, including dairy. Milk chocolate is out. So is cake made with eggs and milk on your Cheerios. Produce and high-fiber grains are key to this diet. "Study after study shows the benefit of increased fiber, fruits, vegetables, and whole grains in preventing chronic diseases, such as heart disease and diabetes," says Tim Radak, Ph.D., R.D., associate director of nutrition for the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, a pro-vegan nonprofit group. "And if you add all those elements together, you get the vegan diet." The diet can also be high in soy, which, thanks to its multiple forms (milk, tofu, tempeh) and high-protein content, can make a handy substitute for dairy and meat products.

The Reality
The popularity of supermarkets like Whole Foods makes it easier than ever to eat well as a vegan. But you can lose out on important nutrients if you're not careful. "If you don't do the vegan diet right, you can miss out on protein, as well as iron, zinc, calcium, vitamin D, vitamin B12, and omega fatty acids," Blatner says.

Real-Life Strategy
Tofu for you! Okay, you may not be ready to submit to the culinary concoction that is Tofurkey. But occasionally swapping out basic animal products like milk and hamburgers for soy-based vegan alternatives, such as veggie burgers or soy milk, can do your body good. A recent study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine found that women who consumed the most soy had fewer bone fractures as they aged

Thursday, January 19, 2006

Milk weight loss claims misleading - Radak Editorial - Capital Press Agriculture Weekly January 19, 2006

"Milk weight loss claims misleading" LTTE by Radak in Capital Press Agriculture Weekly January 19, 2006

Monday, January 2, 2006

KFBK Sacramento - Talk Radio interview with Radak on Orlistat and lifestyle changes for weight loss - January 2006

KFBK Sacramento - Talk Radio interview with Radak on Orlistat and lifestyle changes for weight loss - January 2006