Concern Mounts Over White Lies

UK - News that the Vegetarian and Vegan Foundation (VVF) is urging parents to request that their children are not offered cow’s milk at school because it claims there are health problems associated with it has been greeted with concern by NFU Cymru.
calendar icon 21 November 2007
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NFU Cymru President Dai Davies, himself a dairy farmer, said, “The claims the VVF make are wholly irresponsible. Removing entire food groups, such as dairy, from the diet could have very serious implications, especially for young children. It could mean missing out on essential nutrients which are needed for growth and good health.

“In its report entitled, ‘”White Lies”, the VVF also alleges that there is insufficient evidence to suggest dairy foods are good for bones. To say this is simply wrong. Protein is essential for bone development and dairy foods are high in both protein and calcium, thereby helping bone development.

“In the UK, dairy foods form an integral part of the diet and their importance is reflected by their inclusion in the Government’s healthy eating guide, The eatwell plate. It shows all foods are important as part of a balanced diet and eating foods from a variety of sources is important if we are to get all the nutrients our bodies need to function correctly and remain healthy.

“Generations of children have been brought up on cow’s milk and it would be sheer folly to ban it from children’s diets when it is proven to have significant health benefits.”

Further Reading

       - You can view the White Lies report by clicking here. (pdf)

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