What Does the 2013 FAO Report Say About Dairy Foods, Metabolic Syndrome and Type 2 Diabetes?

Posted by Moises Torres-Gonzalez @ 2:13 PM


Achieving food security for all is at the heart of efforts of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), to make sure people have regular access to enough high-quality food to lead active, healthy lives. Hence, the FAO is a global knowledge center that provides sound advice to member countries around the world on the value of various foods – from production to consumption – and their role in human nutrition and health.  Despite the important role that milk and dairy have played in human nutrition, there are still controversies surrounding the implications of dairy consumption in chronic diseases, such as type 2 diabetes (T2D). Thus, late last year FAO published a report, “Milk and Dairy Products in Human Nutrition,” where it presents the role milk and dairy have relative to the incidence of T2D. Read the rest of this entry »

Balancing Taste and Nutrition in Flavored Milk for Kids

Posted by Judith Jarvis, MS, RD @ 1:51 PM


How often have you heard people say, “If it tastes good, it must be bad for you?”  Well, that’s not the case with flavored milk.  Most kids like the taste of flavored milk, and it has the same nine essential nutrients as white milk.  In fact, when given the choice, 70 percent of kids choose flavored milk.  Even so, milk companies — in response to public health concerns to improve child health and wellness — have been working for several years to change the recipe for flavored milks available to schools so they have fewer calories, added sugars, and fat – while maintaining the good taste that kids love.  Read the rest of this entry »

Milk Still Safe After All These Years

Posted by Judith Jarvis, MS, RD @ 8:00 AM


When a mom pulls a carton of milk from the refrigerator to serve to her family, she doesn’t want to think twice about whether it is safe to drink.  Some still wonder about the safety of milk from cows that may have been treated with a hormone used to help them make more milk.  Newly published research reassures us once more this practice is safe. Read the rest of this entry »

Grilled Cheese Your Way… for a Taste of Home

Posted by Judith Jarvis, MS, RD @ 8:00 AM


“Some foods are so comforting, so nourishing of body and soul, that to eat them is to be home again after a long journey.”   ― Eli Brown, Cinnamon and Gunpowder

That’s how I feel about a grilled cheese sandwich and bowl of cream of tomato soup.  Growing up my mom would often make this combo for lunch.  My mom, a home economics major, always made the sandwich with whole wheat bread, natural cheddar cheese, and the canned tomato soup was made with milk, not water.  But grilled cheese served at my friend’s house, made with white bread and American single slices, tasted just as good to me.     Read the rest of this entry »

ChildObesity180 Provides Tools to Implement or Expand Your School Breakfast Program

Posted by Christina Economos @ 7:54 AM


Breakfast consumption among children has been associated with improved diet quality, physical fitness, and school performance, as well as reduced risk for overweight and obesity. Yet, an estimated 20 percent of children in the U.S. skip breakfast each day. The National School Breakfast Program (SBP) was established in 1966 as one strategy to increase the number of children eating breakfast, specifically among “nutritionally needy” school-aged children. Participation in the national SBP has been linked to improvements in the quality of children’s diets, as well as their readiness to learn. Although student participation in the SBP has risen steadily since its inception, the program remains underutilized. Read the rest of this entry »

Celebrating The Great American Milk Drive Launch in NYC

Posted by Jean Ragalie-Carr, LD, RDN @ 11:14 AM


I was so honored to be in NYC yesterday at City Harvest for the official launch of The Great American Milk Drive, the nation’s first program to provide much-needed milk to families facing hunger across the country (see my previous blog post).

If you missed the event yesterday, you can watch the launch of The Great American Milk Drive here.

My colleagues and I are incredibly proud to be dietitians working for dairy farmers and dairy companies who support efforts like this to help get nutrient-rich foods, such as milk, to those who need them most. Dairy farmers founded National Dairy Council (NDC) almost 100 years ago and they have historically supported health and wellness. We had the opportunity to see it come alive in partnership with Feeding America and MilkPEP in an even bigger, more visible way than ever. Read the rest of this entry »

Join us for The Great American Milk Drive: Getting Nutritious Milk to Those in Need

Posted by Jean Ragalie-Carr, LD, RDN @ 4:00 PM


As I reached for a gallon of nutritious milk for my family at the grocery store last week, I thought about how fortunate I am. There are people, families and children all over the world without access to nutrient-rich foods, including milk and dairy foods. When I first learned that right here in America 1 in 6 people face hunger, including 16 million children, I was shocked and motivated to change this dire situation to help make the “land of plenty” plentiful again. Read the rest of this entry »

The Magic of a Healthy Breakfast Unveiled

Posted by Christine Cliff @ 7:33 AM


“Breakfast is my favorite meal. I never skip it.”—Dr. Robert Murray

In early March, families poured into the Stephen’s Convention Center near Chicago for the American Academy of PediatricsHealthy Children Conference and Expo. What piqued their interest? These families wanted to hear from well-recognized and revered health professionals on a variety of topics that can affect their children, like nutrition. Dr. Robert Murray, a pediatrician from Ohio, was one such professional who unveiled the magic of breakfast to eagerly listening moms and their kids.  Read the rest of this entry »

Feeling Great About Dairy Solutions for Lactose Intolerance

Posted by Judith Jarvis, MS, RD @ 7:14 AM


Last month was Lactose Intolerance Awareness month, but it’s always the perfect time to review what we know about lactose intolerance and remind ourselves that this condition may not require avoidance of milk and other dairy foods. Read the rest of this entry »

(Guest Post) The Goodness of Lactose-Friendly Dairy Foods at Every Meal

Posted by Casey Thompson @ 1:38 PM


From a very young age, food has played a momentous role in my life. The way I cook and prepare foods today has been greatly shaped by my childhood experiences, specifically the time spent with my two very different grandmothers (one with deep southern roots and the other heavily French-influenced). They taught me the value of practicing diverse cooking techniques, the benefits of enjoying mealtime as a family, and the importance of cooking with a variety of foods for a variety of needs. I believe this background is what led to my appearance on Bravo’s hit series, Top Chef, and also inspired the opportunity to develop dairy recipes that offer solutions for those who are lactose intolerant with National Dairy Council (NDC) for Lactose Intolerance (LI) Awareness Month. Read the rest of this entry »