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  • 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

  • Hill of Beans: Smelling Like Roses

    February 20, 2019
    Lost in the White House Rose Garden press conference last Friday where President Trump spoke to the passage of the fiscal year (FY)2019 spending package was the significance of thousands of needed funding adjustments to federal agencies that were included in the bill. Many of these changes, like the boost to FDA standards of identity funding and ice cream research that IDFA supported, seem small in comparison to the over $1 trillion federal discretionary budget. Yet, for many American job creators, like the dairy industry, these changes will have a big impact. 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

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