This week's 'Dietitian in Your Cart' topic is: Dairy. Jump into my cart and see how I decipher my dairy products at the store.
I love cheese, milk, yogurt, and butter. With my knowledge as a registered dietitian, my taste buds have grown and my ingredient list has shrunk with my dairy choices. I have always enjoyed the common milk over cereal and having yogurt or cottage cheese with fruit for snacks. However, I have not always loved different hard and soft cheeses, or plain Greek yogurt.
With age and my career choice, I was not going to encourage others to try new things if I wasn’t practicing what I preached. So, I tried feta, bleu, provolone, swiss, colby jack, and gouda… They were unbelievably 'goud-a'.*Had to* I kept trying Greek yogurt and plain yogurt. I adapted to the taste and loved being able to flavor yogurt just how I liked. Not only did I enjoy adding these new options to my diet, but I finally learned to flip the package over and look at the ingredients.
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Please note, my recommendations are generalized and not specified to each individual's unique health needs. Individuals with specific health conditions (kidney disease, cardiovascular disease, obesity, and more) should speak to a registered dietitian for a client-centered approach for dietary needs.
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If you would like to read more information on dairy and health, here are some credible sources on the topic:
Dairy Health Benefits and Research: https://www.nationaldairycouncil.org/health-and-wellness
Saturated Fat and Milk on Health: http://www.todaysdietitian.com/newarchives/1016p26.shtml
Saturated Fat and Milk on Health: https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/2016/10/25/dairy-fat-cardiovascular-disease-risk/
Dairy-Free Alternatives for Allergies, Intolerance, Vegan, Etc.: http://www.todaysdietitian.com/newarchives/080112p38.shtml