The Milk Manifesto has been launched by the Dairy Council in order to dispel myths and misconceptions about a drink which has been part of our diets for over 11,000 years.
The Manifesto, which promotes the health benefits of drinking milk, is backed by leading nutritional scientists, including Professor Carolyn Summerbell from Durham University and Dr Suzanne Barr RD from Imperial College London.
Dr Anne Mullen, director of nutrition at The Dairy Council, said: “For millennia milk has been a staple in our diets, but with the recent rise of celebrity and self-styled nutrition experts telling us what and what not to eat, often with a lack of evidence, it really is time to turn back to the qualified experts, trust in science and take a stand against the fads. That’s why we, along with a number of leading nutrition scientists, have launched The Milk Manifesto.
“A glass of milk is high in calcium, iodine and protein – all of which are all key nutrients for the health of children, teenagers and adults alike. Recent research also shows that milk has a protective or neutral or association with heart health and type 2 diabetes.”
Can this Milk Manifesto help the beleaguered dairy industry and drive public engagement and appreciation in this much maligned and under-priced liquid? Only time will tell.
The Milk Manifesto can be accessed here: https://www.milk.co.uk/world-milk-day/