The Milk Manifesto has been launched today as people across the country celebrate nutritional common sense in recognition of World Milk Day.
Milk has been an integral part of the British diet for over 11,000 years and it continues to be one of the most popular drinks and ingredients in the UK.
In recent years, however, milk has been surrounded with myths and misconceptions with regards to its impact on health.
To celebrate World Milk Day, leading UK nutrition scientists have signed up to The Milk Manifesto – a joint declaration which sets out the lifelong health benefits of consuming milk.
Signatories include, Professor Carolyn Summerbell from Durham University, Dr Suzanne Barr RD from Imperial College London, Melanie Wakeman from Birmingham City University and Dr Thomas Hill from Newcastle University.
Dr Anne Mullen, director of nutrition at The Dairy Council, said: “We need remind ourselves that when it comes to nutrition, sometimes all we need is a little common sense.
"For centuries milk has been a staple in our diets, but recently in the era of fad diets and self-styled nutritionists offering ill-founded advice, it has come under criticism, and that’s why we, along with a number of leading nutritionists, have launched The Milk Manifesto.
“It’s time we trusted the science. Milk is high in calcium, iodine and protein – all of which are all key nutrients that benefit children, teenagers and adults alike. Recent research also shows that milk has a protective or neutral or protective relationship with heart health and type 2 diabetes.”
Carolyn Summerbell, Professor of Nutrition at Durham University, said: “Milk is an important part of a healthy diet. Contrary to popular opinion, research has shown that milk consumption is not associated with obesity in population studies”.
“For this reason, I am proud to sign The Milk Manifesto – milk is a healthy, nutritious food and World Milk Day provides the perfect opportunity to break the myths and remind ourselves why milk remains a great choice of drink.”
The Dairy Council is calling on academics, health professionals and health champions to give milk and milk products a higher priority than ever before.
Dr Anne Mullen added: “Whether you’re young, old, sporty or simply interested in having a balanced diet, milk plays an important part in our development at all life stages and helps to keep our bodies nourished.
“Over 30 countries across the world are celebrating World Milk Day. Let’s join them in raising a glass to milk - a nutrient packed food which has kept Britain healthy for centuries.”
The Milk Manifesto can be accessed here: www.milk.co.uk/world-milk-day-2-2/
• Dr Anne Mullen, Director of Nutrition at The Dairy Council
• Professor Carolyn Summerbell, Professor of Nutrition, Durham University
• Dr Suzanne Barr RD, Senior Teaching Fellow in Preventive Cardiology, Imperial College London
• Melanie Wakeman, Senior Lecturer in Applied Physiology, Birmingham City University
• Matt Lawson RD, Nutritionist at Team GB and Notts County Football Club
• Dr Thomas Hill, Senior Lecturer in Nutrition, Newcastle University
• Dr Emma Cockburn, Senior Lecturer in Sports and Exercise Physiology, Middlesex University
• Prof Margaret Rayman, D Phil (Oxon), RNutr, Professor of Nutritional Medicine, University of Surrey
• Dr Sue Reeves RNutr, Programme Convenor for Nutrition and Health, University of Roehampton
• Richard Chessor RNutr, Performance Nutritionist at British Swimming
• Dr Ben Green, Medical Affairs, Nutricia, Advanced Medical Nutrition
• Kelly McCabe RD, Head of Operations at Leaders in Oncology Care