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Digital Dairy Series Webinar 6: The Food Matrix: More Than the Sum of Nutrients
It is commonly accepted that we eat foods, not nutrients; however, until recently the relationship between diet and health has focused on individual nutrients. Today, the focus is shifting toward the impact of whole foods. The food matrix is an emerging concept that looks at the physical structure of foods and the nutrients and bioactive factors within them may impact digestion, absorption and health -beyond the impact of individual nutrients. This session will provide a foundation on the food matrix concept and highlight research that suggests further exploration could impact the future of nutrition guidance.

Jun 23, 2020 12:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Christopher J. Cifelli, Ph.D.
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Christopher J. Cifelli, Ph.D.
Vice President of Nutrition Research @National Dairy Council
Christopher J. Cifelli, Ph.D., currently serves as a Vice President of Nutrition Research at the National Dairy Council. Dr. Cifelli is responsible for the strategic planning, development, and management of dairy-centric research on chronic disease risk, childhood nutrition, NHANES related research, and nutrition and sustainability. Dr. Cifelli obtained both his B.S. degree in Biology and his Ph.D. degree in Nutritional Sciences from the Pennsylvania State University, where his graduate work focused on understanding how vitamin A status and inflammation affected retinoic acid metabolism. In his current role at the Dairy Research Institute, Dr. Cifelli is involved in the development, design, initiation, management and communication of research projects on the health benefits associated with adequate dairy consumption, including those studies examining the effects of vitamins and minerals found in dairy on bone density, weight maintenance, and metabolic health.