Archive for June, 2010
As registered dietitians with National Dairy Council, we’re often asked questions about how to address confusion surrounding lactose intolerance, and how to ensure patients and clients can enjoy the delicious taste and nutrition benefits from the recommended three servings of low-fat and fat-free dairy foods every day. Here’s some tips and tools you can use from the article Isabel Maples and I wrote for The Dairy Download Spring 2010 edition.
June is Dairy Month and a perfect time to celebrate all the great reasons to love dairy—the nutritional value, the variety, and, of course, the taste!
Low-fat and fat-free dairy foods are nutrient-rich and contribute significant nutrition to Americans’ diets. In fact, according to the 2005 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, dairy supplies four of the seven nutrients adults fall short on—calcium, potassium, magnesium and vitamin A—and three of the five nutrients kids call short on—calcium, potassium and magnesium—as well as protein and vitamin D. And with so many dairy food choices available, including milk, flavored milk, yogurt and cheese, it’s easy for families to find products they enjoy.
The facts that one in three U.S. adults is estimated to have high blood pressure and a majority of Americans are consuming sodium/salt at greater than recommended levels, have contributed to a heightened level of concern about dietary sodium in the larger health community. The May/June issue of the Dairy Council Digest, Dietary Sodium Intake and Health: A Current Perspective, provides a balanced scientific overview of the sodium issue. This topical newsletter for health professionals reviews dietary recommendations, consumption levels, and dietary sources of sodium; issues and challenges related to public health guidance that focuses on sodium restriction; and evidence that a total diet and lifestyle approach is the most effective way to reduce the risk of hypertension.
I was honored and pleased to be invited to conduct an interactive session on lactose intolerance during the Illinois Dietetic Association (IDA) Spring Assembly on Friday, April 16th. More than 400 dietitians attended the conference that was held in Oak Brook, Illinois, on Friday and Saturday, April 16th and 17th. The theme was Nourish: inspire – motivate – cultivate.
As you may already know, both American adults and children are overweight and undernourished because they are missing out on important nutrients by not choosing nutrient-rich foods first. Recently, a number of new research studies have underscored the important role of dairy foods in the diets of Americans, particularly children.
ScienceDaily.com reports on a study that examined the effectiveness of a dietary approach to improve the symptoms of autism. The study, from the University of Rochester, found that removal of gluten and casein from the diet had no effect on behavior, sleep, or bowl patterns. This was a well done study that controlled for confounding factors.