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Square Deal Dairy, Always Planning for the Future

Blake and Chicky Otte started Square Deal Dairy in 1997 with the hopes of continuing the farm for generations. Fast forward 20 years and they are now farming with the help of their three sons Tyler, Bret and Eric. Together they milk 400 cows and farm 1,500 acres. Their commitment to sustainability and planning for the future earned them the honor of being named Minnesota Milk Producers Association’s 2016 Dairy Farm Family of the Year.

What are nutrient-rich foods?

Nutrient-rich foods deliver essential nutrients for relatively fewer calories and include low-fat and fat-free dairy, fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Many Americans today are overfed yet undernourished. Encouraging the selection of nutrient-rich foods first can address this challenge and help people better manage their weight while meeting nutrient needs. To make your meals, snacks and beverages more nutrient-rich food intake, see our collection of recipes featuring dairy foods.

What are the recommended servings of milk and milk products?

The 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recognizes that milk and milk products are linked to improved bone health, especially in children and teens, a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure in adults.  The Guidelines calls for families to increase their intake of low-fat or fat-free milk, cheese and yogurt, with a goal of three servings every day for people ages nine and older.  Published by the USDA and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, this science-based report found that 85 percent of Americans are falling short of the current dairy recommendations. Most Americans need just one more serving of a day to meet dietary goals.

What is malnutrition?

Malnutrition occurs when the body does not get enough nutrients and can be caused by an unbalanced diet; for example one that lacks adequate vitamins and minerals. Though often linked to under nutrition or starvation, malnutrition can and does occur among children and adults who over eat foods that are high in calories yet provide few nutrients. Eating more nutrient-rich foods such as low-fat or fat-free dairy, fruits, vegetables and whole grains, can help reverse malnutrition.

What nutrients do dairy foods provide?

Together, milk, cheese and yogurt provide a unique package of nine essential nutrients: Calcium, potassium, phosphorous, protein, vitamins A, D and B12, riboflavin, niacin (or niacin equivalents.) The USDA defines an "essential nutrient" as a dietary substance required for healthy body functioning. Essential nutrients must come from the diet because the human body can't manufacture them in sufficient quantities to meet daily needs. From helping repair muscle tissue to maintaining healthy red blood cells, the nine nutrients in milk work together to help keep the body in optimal health.
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