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  • 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

  • Raise Your Mitt for National Family Meals Month

    September 10, 2018
    One of my Facebook friends recently shared a meme that seems to sum up this time of year: “Everyone has practice, so we can either have dinner at 4:30 or 9:00.” With long commutes and evening activities, it’s hard to find a time for everyone in the family to sit down for dinner together. But finding those pockets of time for a family meal are very important for families and children. Children who eat three or more meals with their family per week are 24 percent more likely to have healthier eating habits. In addition to health benefits, family meals also build strong family ties and provide other social benefits. To support more family meals each week, the Food Marketing Institute (FMI) has designated September ... Read More

  • Beat the Heat and have a Healthy and Active July

    July 25, 2018
    IDFA continues to work with the Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation, which offers ways to fight childhood obesity through proper diet and exercise and encourages healthy choices by families through its Together Counts™ program. Check out a recent blog by Michelle Matto, IDFA's nutrition consultant, who says that now is a good time to remind consumers that a combination of outdoor play and chilled dairy snacks make for a healthy summer. Read More

  • Celebrate National Ice Cream Month with Choices

    July 18, 2018
    With the expansion in choices in the ice cream aisle, there is a flavor and nutrient profile for everyone to celebrate during National Ice Cream Month, according to Michelle Matto, R.D.N., IDFA’s nutrition and labeling consultant. In her most recent blog, Matto breaks down the differences in ice creams formulated to meet several nutrient content claims and lists the ways companies can provide options for celebrating ice cream in all shapes and sizes. Read More

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