Protein: How do You Separate the Hype From Reality?

24, April 2014 9:58 AM

For years we've heard that Americans get plenty of protein, but now protein's become such a hot button nutrition word, we hear more products touting their high protein content as if we need more. So what is the truth?

The fact is, new research is finding many health benefits of higher protein intake and the importance of spreading protein intake throughout the day. The Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA) is actually just a minimum amount needed to replace daily losses. More is needed to get health benefits such as:

  • Weight management
  • Satiety
  • Healthy aging
  • Diabetes management and blood sugar control
  • Bone health

Want to learn more about the current protein research? Join us May 6 at 11 am PST for a webinar:

The Power of Protein: Separating Hype from Reality

The speakers are Heather Leidy, PhD from the University of Missouri. She is doing some very interesting research about protein intake and breakfast consumption. She will also address appetite and satiety and new research about protein and cognition.



Nancy Rodriguez, PhD, RD, FACSM, from the University of Connecticut will report on the connection between protein and muscles, as well as how to best consume protein to get maximum benefits. She will address sports nutrition and provide practical advice for health professionals who counsel clients on healthy eating. 


I've had a chance to chat with both of the speakers and they are fabulous! Click here for more information about the webinar and how to sign up. 




Maureen Bligh, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist

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10 Nutrition Trends Impacting Community Health

22, April 2014 8:00 AM

Understanding the key changes in the nutrition environment is vital in improving the eating patterns of children and adults in our community. Whether you’re a health professional, educator or community leader, you can play a role in sparking real healthy changes by providing nutrition education to those you encounter in your communities.

But in this era of information overload, it can be difficult to sift through the often unsubstantiated nutrition information available. And when you do find credible nutrition advice, it often doesn’t match the wants, needs and expectations of the real people you work with. With this in mind, Dairy Council of California is excited to share with you an analysis of the Top 10 Nutrition Trends, our annual summary of the health and nutrition issues that uniquely factor in the current research on science and consumer behavior.

We hope you find this useful in helping meet people in your communities where they’re at, with realistic guidance to help them make actionable dietary changes. Connecting these important nutrition trends to practical education tools is the most effective way to make healthy eating easier!

Ashley Rosales, R.D.N.

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Weekly Family Meals: Easter Leftovers

21, April 2014 9:00 AM

Kohlrabi + Ham Gratin,

Use up Easter leftovers faster than you can say Peter Cottontail with delicious, balanced family meal recipes featuring eggs and ham.

Read on for a complete family meal menu, shopping list and additional recipe selections to help you use up you Easter leftovers!

Kohlrabi + Ham Gratin, EatingWell

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Categories: categoryHealthy Eating

Registered Dietitian Nutritionists Ramp Up Influence and Persuasion Skills

16, April 2014 9:34 AM

A few minutes of cruising the Internet can lead consumers to wild, too-good-to-be-true claims about nutrition and health. How can health professionals be more effective at guiding consumers away from inaccurate claims to information that research has shown works?

That is the question addressed during a session sponsored by Dairy Council of California, during the California Dietetic Association annual meeting in Pomona, California last week.

Registered dietitian nutritionists (RDN) have extensive knowledge to share with consumers but just having accurate information does not make someone influential. RDNs attending the session learned skills to overcome assertions rooted in fads or opinion instead of scientific fact.

During the session, Dr. Robert Gass, Professor of Communications at California State University Fullerton shared his expertise in argumentation, persuasion and social influence. He taught dietitians specific skills to influence and persuade professional colleagues, clients, friends and family to embrace consensus science and research-based dietary recommendations

He was joined by Ashley Rosales, R.D.N. As Manager or Policy & Opinion Leader Relations at Dairy Council of CA, Ashley helped attendees learn how to combat nutrition assertions rooted in opinion instead of science-based facts. As a dietitian herself, she felt this training is essential in helping RDN’s find unique ways to be heard over all of the white noise in the health and wellness environment.

Dairy Council of CA is also doing our part to keep nutrition consensus science, and specifically milk and dairy’s essential role in healthy eating patterns, at the forefront over the misconceptions that abound. That is why we have created our Scientific Research page to help factually answer the many questions that arise about milk and its health benefits.

It’s critical to help other health professionals think of nutrition in a broader sense, instead of being led astray by recommendations and messages that are either not valid, are overly simplistic or cause unintended consequences.

 Maureen Bligh, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist

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Weekly Family Meals: Grilled Cheese Please

14, April 2014 9:00 AM

Red, White and Green Grilled Cheese from Keep the Beatâ„¢, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute; National Institutes of Health; U.S. Department of Health.

No matter how you slice it, your family will say “grilled cheese please” all week long with healthy recipes from Dairy Council of California.

Read on for a complete family meal menu, shopping list and additional recipe selections to help you get cooking with your kids!

Red, White and Green Grilled Cheese from Keep the Beat™, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute; National Institutes of Health; U.S. Department of Health.

Tags: family meals Healthy eating recipes
Categories: categoryHealthy Eating

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