Skim milk, or whole? The Dietary Guidelines for Americans has long held that Americans should limit saturated fats from dairy products for a healthy diet. But does that recommendation conflict with the latest science on dairy fats? In the latest episode of The Dairy Download, we talk with two nutrition experts about current efforts to update dietary guidelines and where fat-filled choices fit in.

First up is Dr. Linda Snetselaar, a professor of epidemiology at the University of Iowa College of Public Health, as well as the chair of preventative nutrition education and director of the university’s nutrition center. As a member of the 2020 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee, Dr. Snetselaar helped guide our current understanding of good nutrition. Where does dairy fit into those recommendations? What changes to the guidelines may be ahead, particularly when it comes to full-fat options? Dr. Snetselaar tells us more.

Next, we speak with Dr. Ian Givens, a professor of food chain nutrition at the University of Reading in the UK, and the director of the university’s Institute of Food, Nutrition and Health. What impacts do dairy, meat and other animal-based foods have on the prevention of disease? Could cheddar cheese benefit heart health? Might your breakfast food choices reduce the chance of developing dementia? Dr. Givens sheds light on the pros and cons of high-fat foods.

The episode is sponsored by Fogg Filler.

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Witty, fast-moving and stacked with dynamic guests, The Dairy Download offers sharp insights in a neat, 30-minute package. Ever.Ag’s Phil Plourd and Kathleen Wolfley host each episode, leading listeners through a rundown of action in the CME markets and things to watch, while going in depth with guests on consumer, market and policy trends shaping dairy.

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