Understanding the contribution of milk

As part of a government plan to tackle increasing levels of obesity in the UK population, the Department of Health has outlined a ‘Call to Action’, through which it is seeking slash 5 billion calories from the nation’s daily diet by 2020.

However, UK trade body Dairy UK has warned that a preoccupation with simply driving down our calorie intake may put people off eating dairy foods such as milk, cheese and yoghurt which are rich in nutrients and contain a high level of vitamins and minerals per calorie.

It is widely acknowledged that low fat options are not appropriate for some sectors of the population such as the very young and, in many cases the elderly. There is also evidence to suggest that Calcium levels in the diet of many teenagers are inadequate, as their intake from milk drops from the age of 11 to 18, when they need it most for bone development.

This is why Free Range Dairy is committed to changing people’s perception of milk. We want to highlight the fact that milk is a natural, wholesome food rather than a chemically enhanced bucket of nutrients. We know that milk from grass can deliver what our nation needs to stay fit and healthy.

To find out more about the concerns raised by Dairy UK click here.

 

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