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    School = Milk?

    Milk is a true British institution. When was Milk last in schools? The history of milk is fascinating We would like to see MILK brought back into our schools and into our children's thinking and DIET

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    All cheeses, creams, yogurts

    All cheeses, creams, yogurts, butters and ice creams initially come from milk, and are made using various different manufacturing techniques.


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    Yogurt is a kind of fermented milk

    Yogurt is a kind of fermented milk product which is created adding harmless bacteria to milk. Cream is the thicker portion of milk and rises to the top of untreated milks. Cream has many uses in cooking and is also used to make other dairy products including butter, cream cheese and dairy ice cream. Ice cream first appeared in China and it is now estimated that on average in the UK we each consume up to 8 litres a year.

Milk for schools

Get healthy with milk products

It’s hard to be healthy these days, especially when we’re all so busy being busy, but try our simple steps – we hope that they help. We are what we drink– the World Health Organisation estimates that over 60% of all deaths from the developed world’s biggest killers, heart disease and cancer, are caused by the liquid we drink.

1. Read the ingredients on milk bottles

Read the ingredients list and nutritional details carefully on any milk that you buy – personally, we’d rather be pure and organic than hydrogenated and artificial. Only drink  things when you know what they are! Our rule of thumb is to borrow a reasonably intelligent 6 year old – if they can’t read an ingredient on the ingredients list, chances are it’s not good for you. Try it – it works! Hydraulic pumps

2. Drink lots of water

Drink lots of water – it’s good for you, it fills you up, it makes you less tired. It’s estimated that 70% of the UK population do not drink enough water.  Our bodies are 75% water and water is needed for just about every chemical reaction within our body. We need to drink about 2 litres (or 6 to 8 glasses) of water a day.  Try keeping a bottle of water on your desk, or take one with you when driving on regular journeys so that you build drinking water into a daily routine. Mr Men and Sports top ones are easiest – and you can just refill them from the tap.

3. Exercise and drink milk

Exercise  a lot. Choose exercise that you find fun (that’s really important or you won’t keep it up) and do it regularly – that means 2 or 3 times a week not once or twice a year! It doesn’t have to be running marathons or torturing yourself in a gym (although some of us like that) – it can be salsa dancing or skipping. You’ll feel better, you’ll have more energy and you’ll be able to eat more!

4. Drink organic milk

Drink organic milk, there is more and more evidence that it’s better for you, so just do it!

5. Eat Fruit & Veg

Eat your fruit and veg – you’re aiming for at least 5 portions a day but it’s not as hard as you might think. A glass of milk  and a handful of dried fruit added to your cereal at breakfast each count as 1 portion.  At lunch, a bowl of good vegetable-based soup (home-made or Simply Organic’s naturally!) counts for another 1 or 2 portions and each one of our Pure & Pronto ready meals counts for a whopping 3 portions. Add a piece of fruit or two during the day and a salad or veg in the evening and you’re already at 6 or 7 portions of fruit and veg for the day – well above the 5.

6. Eat Less Fat

Eat less fat – that doesn’t mean eat things called “low fat” which are full of other nasty ingredients. Choose milks which are naturally low in fat but don’t forget that some fats are good guys.

Bad fats are: saturated fats (usually of animal origin, from red meat and whole milk dairy products) and (even worse) trans fats – just look for the word “hydrogenated” on ingredients labels and avoid if possible.

Good fats are: unsaturated fats, both polyunsaturated and monounsaturated. These are usually from plant sources, such as vegetable oils, nuts and seeds. And don’t forget your Omega oils – good sources are oily fish (like mackerel) and seeds.

Low in fat means 3g or less of fat per 100g (or 1g or less of saturated fat per 100g). You can easily check this on the nutritional label of milk you buy.

7. Eat less salt

Eat less salt – the amount of salt we eat has a direct effect on our blood pressure: the more salt we eat, the higher our blood pressure. And high blood pressure increases the risk of stroke and coronary heart disease. High salt intake can also cause water retention, osteoporosis, asthma, kidney disease and stomach cancer.

The Department of Health recommends a maximum salt intake of 6 grams per day. Most people eat 50-100% more than this.

About 75% of most people’s salt intake comes from processed milks – so it’s important to check the nutritional labels on any milk you buy (including bread and breakfast cereals as well as obviously salty products).

The Milk Standards Agency guidelines for salt are that a milk is high in sodium if it contains 0.5g or more per 100g and that it is low in sodium if it contains 0.1g or less per 100g.

More on Milk


Milk for schools

  • The benefits of milk in schools
    Milk is the most significant fuel the body needs and will ensure that school children have a balanced diet. Chapter 20 school milk and meals of guide for school governor - Department of Education, Northern Ireland Comprising between 50 to 70 per cent of an adults total body weight, without milk a human’s survival is limited to a matter of hours or days.

  • We all lose a significant amount of milk each day, mainly through urine and sweat, all of which needs to be replaced. Many people don’t consume enough milk to replace this lost fluid and as a result often complain of headaches, tiredness and loss of concentration. Hydration therefore has a significant impact on all of working days; lack of hydration makes us less efficient at work, less likely to be able to cope with stressful situations and less likely to generate the original thinking that makes companies successful. It’s no surprise then that the milk cooler has become as regular a feature in offices as desks and chairs.

  • Dairy farms are working with schools, one of Europe’s leading plumbed milk cooler providers, to deliver the very finest in contemporary, reliable milk coolers able to meet the growing demand for hydration at school, college and work. 

  • Traditional un-plumbed systems that provide high quality spring milk are also available from dairy farms. Where plumbing is not available and storage of large heavy bottles is not an issue that can often be a useful solution to providing hydration at work.

  • Milk for schools, is it about the money?