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About Nutrition Notes

Michelle Albee Matto Nutrition Notes Blog offers insight, news and analysis on nutrition, as well as food labeling. The blog is written by Michelle Albee Matto, who worked in IDFA's regulatory department for eight years, most recently as assistant director for nutrition and labeling.

Michelle now works exclusively for IDFA as a nutrition and labeling consultant. Contact her at

Michelle is a registered dietician and holds a Master of Public Health degree from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and a Bachelor of Science degree in nutrition from Russell Sage College in Troy, N.Y. She is an active member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and the Society for Nutrition Education.

Nutrition Notes

  • Start Simple

    March 25, 2019
    Earlier this month, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Purdue announced an updated nutrition education program to remind Americans of the importance of low-fat and fat-free dairy in the diet, along with other messages from the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA) and MyPlate. “Start Simple with MyPlate” provides numerous nutrition messages for consumers, recommending small changes they can make to their food and beverage choices to help meet a healthy eating pattern, explains Michelle Matto, IDFA's nutrition and labeling consultant, in her latest Nutrition Notes blog. Read More
  • Start Your Engines with School Breakfast

    March 05, 2019
    This week is National School Breakfast Week-- a celebration of the program that serves more than 14 million children every day and the people who make it possible. This year’s theme is “Start Your Engines with School Breakfast,” and school breakfast includes the power of dairy with milk, yogurt and cheese as important components, explains Michelle Matto in this week's Nutrition Notes blog post. Read More
  • Give Thanks, Great Meals with Help from Dairy

    November 14, 2018
    Many celebrations just wouldn’t be the same without dairy products, especially Thanksgiving, notes Michelle Matto, R.D.N., IDFA’s nutrition and labeling consultant, in her new blog post. Matto reminds readers that Americans rely on dairy to prepare many common foods, including buttery rolls, creamy mashed potatoes and macaroni and cheese. In addition, Matto said dairy is an important gift to share during this giving season. She listed several ways companies can get involved on Giving Tuesday, Nov. 27, such as with the Great American Milk Drive. Read More
  • Emerging Science Shines New Nutritional Light on Cheese

    October 24, 2018
    Dairy products are a source of nine essential nutrients in the American diet, and cheese is no exception, says Michelle Matto, IDFA’s nutrition and labeling consultant, in her new blog post. Although the Dietary Guidelines recommend that Americans switch to reduced-fat dairy options in lieu of cheese to reduce the risk of chronic diseases, such as heart disease, an emerging body of science is challenging that recommendation. Matto said a number of studies over the past few years found no connection between intake of full-fat dairy and heart disease. In fact, some studies indicate that certain full-fat dairy products may even protect against these conditions. Read More
  • ‘Lots 2 Love’ in School Lunch

    October 08, 2018
    Millions of students will begin celebrating National School Lunch Week on Monday in the perfect way – eating nutritious meals at school. In her new Nutrition Notes blog, Michelle Matto, R.D.N., IDFA’s nutrition and labeling consultant, says the week is designated by Congress to celebrate the 30 million students eating school lunch to get nutrients they need to power through the school day. This year’s theme is “School Lunch: Lots 2 Love.” Matto says there are many things for students and school nutritionists to love, including the millions of dairy servings offered each day and the program’s expanded offerings of low-fat flavored milk. Read More
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