Raise a Glass for the 17th Annual World Milk Day

In 2001 the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) decided to hold the Annual World Milk day on 1st June. It is designed to celebrate the important contribution of the dairy sector. World Milk Day highlight the contribution relating to sustainability, economic development, livelihoods and nutrition. We are therefore giving you some great facts about the benefits of drinking dairy milk.

What type of nutrients does milk contain?

  • Protein
  • Calcium
  • Iodine
  • Vitamin B2
  • Vitamin B12
  • Potassium
  • Phosphorus

Information about Whole Milk from Annual World Milk Day.

It is recommended that children between the ages of 1 and 2 should be given whole milk rather than lower fat varieties of milk. The fat content is 3.5% and young children benefit from the extra energy, fat and vitamin A in whole milk. This is important for their health and development.

What is Semi-skimmed Milk.

Semi-skimmed milk has less fat, less vitamin A and fewer calories than whole milk. The levels of other nutrients are not reduced. These include protein, calcium and Vitamins B2 and B12.

Find out about Skimmed Milk.

If you choose to drink skimmed milk you know that it is virtually fat free at just 0.1 – 0.3% fat. It contains less calories, fat and vitamin A than whole milk but carries approximately the same levels of protein, calcium and non-fat soluble vitamins. Skimmed Milk is not suitable as a main drink for children under five.

Important information about milk and children under the age of one.

Only breast milk or formula milk should be given as a main drink to children under one . This is because cow’s milk does not contain the right balance of nutrients to meet a baby’s needs at this age. After six months, cow’s milk can be used for cooking and can be introduced as a main drink after the age of one.

The information about the Annual World Milk Day has been sourced from:

https://www.milk.co.uk/  and https://www.dairycouncil.co.uk/

If you believe you have a food intolerance you should visit your GP. Lactose intolerance is commonly reported and there are alternatives available. Your GP can refer you to a dietician or nutritionist and they can investigate further for you. They may suggest a series of allergy testing to establish what it is you are allergic to. If you have a Health Insurance policy or Cash plan in place, you may be able to claim for treatments of this type.

Being able to obtain a professional medical diagnosis can help you live your life and make the necessary adjustments necessary to avoid further periods of intolerance.

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