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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

  • Caution: This Headline May Be Misleading

    November 10, 2014
    You may have read some unexpected headlines recently, such as “Milk doesn’t do a body good!” While these are catchy, they can also be misleading. The most recent ones are mostly based on a single study recently published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ), but the concept applies to a number of articles that you’ll see. Read More
  • 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee Holds Fifth Meeting

    September 25, 2014
    The 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC) held its fifth public meeting last week, notes Michelle Matto, IDFA’s consultant on nutrition and labeling, in her recent Nutrition Notes blog. The committee presented draft conclusions with mixed messages for dairy. Athought committee members acknowledged the wide range of nutrients provided by dairy foods, it questioned the need for three servings a day, and proposed recommendations to increase consumption of some dairy products and decrease consumption of others. Read More
  • ‘Smarter Snacks’ Come to School

    September 18, 2014
    My Facebook feed has been full of friends’ and family’s back-to-school photos of kids dressed up, with new backpacks, waiting for the bus. While each school year brings new teachers and new lessons, one more difference these kids will see is the types of foods and beverages that are available for individual purchase. Read More
  • Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation: 5 Keys to Community Impact

    August 14, 2014
    IDFA supports the Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation (HWCF) as an associate member. A summary of successful strategies from HWCF’s recent grant winners shows some of the proven ways to make a difference in your community. Whether this is an effort by your company, or by sharing with your customers, we can all make a positive impact on the places we live. Read More
  • Are You (or Your Products) Gluten Free?

    August 06, 2014
    FDA’s final rule on gluten free labeling has gone into effect this week. The rule was published last year, but FDA gave the food industry one year to comply with the new requirements. All products that now make “gluten-free” claims must not contain any prohibited grains, including wheat, barley or rye, or ingredients derived from these prohibited grains, unless the ingredients have been processed to remove gluten. Read More
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