As dairy farmers, food is our life. And as the providers of food, you may think hunger is something we rarely think about. But it’s just the opposite. While hunger is often overlooked off the farm, it’s on our minds a lot. We know that with 1 in 6 Americans struggling with hunger every day, we are surrounded by it – our friends, our neighbors and other people we wouldn’t even expect.
It’s dinner time yet again, and you pull the milk jug out of the fridge to pour each family member a tall glass of farm-fresh milk. It's a nightly tradition you cherish and overlook all at once. Across town and across the state, countless families are doing the same thing -- sharing a meal made a little more perfect with milk. Milk helps create special moments like these every day.
February is Lactose Intolerance Awareness Month. Are you aware that nearly 1 in 8 Americans believe they are lactose intolerant? Are you also aware that those people don’t have to miss out on the great flavor and health benefits of dairy foods? There are many ways to incorporate dairy into almost any food plan. Lactose-free dairy products and dairy products that have very little lactose are easier to digest and offer a way for people with lactose intolerance to still enjoy dairy on a daily basis.
"Say cheese!" Two magical words that are guaranteed to bring a smile to your face. There’s no denying that Americans love their cheese. And if you didn’t love it enough, here are five more facts about cheese that will take you to a happy place:
- Speaking of that giant smile, cheese is good for your teeth! Studies show that snacking on cheese or eating cheese immediately after a meal can minimize tooth decay.
We live in a world where food and celebrations go hand-in-hand, and this is the time of year when we celebrate the most. With family potlucks, a few extra drinks at dinner and all those irresistible holiday cookies (and the fudge. Oh, the fudge!) it’s pretty easy to pack on a few pounds between now and New Year’s Day. A couple pounds may not seem like a big deal, but studies show that most Americans never lose the weight they put on during the holidays.