No Question, Milk Is Still Tops!
With milk appearing in 98% of fridges across the country, Great Britain is one of the leading nations in the world when it comes to milk consumption.
To celebrate milk's long-standing role in global diets and nutrition, The Dairy Council reacquainted the public with some of the facts about the milk we've been drinking for 11,000 years.
Members of the public starred in a milk quiz, where the nutrient richness of milk emerged, along with facts such as one would have to eat 63 Brussel sprouts to get the same amount of calcium as a glass of milk.
Dr Anne Mullen, Director of Nutrition at The Dairy Council, said: "People across the world, from all backgrounds and all countries, consume milk every day and therefore we decided that World Milk Day was the perfect time to have a bit of fun and ask consumers how much they really know about the milk in their fridge.
"What became clear is that, whilst many of us recognise that milk is healthy and nutritious, there are actually so many nutrients and minerals contained in one portion of milk that it is almost impossible to remember them all!
"We are delighted that the public is so supportive of dairy. Milk is one of the most nutritious, and delicious, foods in the British diet and it plays a crucial role in leading a healthy diet at all stages of life."
New Iodine Resource
We announced our new publication on iodine to an invited audience of students and lecturers at University Of Surrey, Thursday 21st April. The event featured a presentation from leading expert on iodine in the diet, Dr Sarah Bath and an introduction to the resource by The Dairy Council's senior nutritionist, Erica Hocking.
Dr Anne Mullen, Director of Nutrition at The Dairy Council, said: "Iodine intake is particularly important for women during pregnancy and for young children since it contributes to growth and brain development. However, the latest National Diet and Nutrition Survey indicated that 22% of teenage girls and 10% of women do not obtain adequate iodine from food sources".
Dairy and Healthy Ageing Report
Our latest academic report, Dairy and Healthy Ageing, was showcased to a specially-invited group of dietitians, nutritionists, healthcare professionals, academics and researchers at an event in London on Thursday 7th April. Dr Anne Mullen, Director of Nutrition at The Dairy Council, introduced the event with a guide to the contents of the 72-page report, a copy of which was provided to each member of the audience.
Dr Tom Hill, Newcastle University, presented on 'Bone Health Throughout Life: Dairy Foods and Associated Nutrients'. Prof Luc Van Loon, Maastricht University, presented on 'You Are What You Just Ate' – a convincing and engaging overview of protein turnover in the body, from the diet to incorporation into, or loss from, muscle tissue. The key role of protein from milk and dairy in supporting muscle mass and function was emphasised.
Following these excellent presentations, registered dietitian Catherine Collins joined for a panel discussion on the metabolic science, clinical perspective and public health translation of the role of dairy in supporting muscle and bone health throughout the life course, for healthy ageing.
The report will form part of a larger compendium of evidence on milk, dairy, nutrition and health to be launched later this year by The Dairy Council, supported by AHDB Dairy. This final report will be available in hard copy or to download, free of charge, as a resource for healthcare professionals, academics, researchers and university students.
New: Monthly Seminars
A new science-based seminar series hosted by The Dairy Council has been launched. Highlighting the latest evidence-base and expert thinking behind dairy and nutrition science, presentations will take place at universities across the UK.
The first in the series, Dairy and The Fat Facts, presented by Dr Anne Mullen, Director of Nutrition at The Dairy Council, was held in the University of Roehampton and outlined the most up-to-date research on saturated fatty acids, dairy and cardiometabolic health, covering both cardiovascular disease and Type 2 diabetes.
Dairy Council Schools Programme
The Dairy Council has started the New Year with a range of workshops for schoolchildren in London primary schools. The team are also planning regional outreach in Ayrshire primary schools in June and other regions throughout the year. Topics covered in these workshops include healthy breakfasts & snacks, sugar awareness, sports nutrition and reading food labels.
Our publication, Eating Well – The Primary School Years, provides information on nutrient requirements for children aged 5-11 years and explains the importance of a healthy balanced diet and physical activity. It includes plenty of meal and snack ideas. It is available now as a free download for teachers and healthcare professionals.
If you would like to know more information about what The Dairy Council can offer your local school, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
New 'Milk It' Video: 'What's Your Thing?'
The latest Dairy Council video aims to encourage teenagers to think about what sport or physical activity they could engage in. Produced for the Milk It For All It's Worth campaign, What's Your Thing? - Martial Arts
is the third instalment in the What's Your Thing? video series
and stars students from world renowned martial arts centre The Budokwai in London.
The Milk It For All It's Worth
campaign aims to promote the benefits of drinking low-fat milk and being physically active to 12-20 year-olds and currently has more than 10,000 fans on Facebook
Dairy & Sport Matters
The Dairy Council has been heavily involved in sports initiatives including The Milk Race, our Milk & Sport booklets for athletes, and being a founding partner of the Sports and Exercise Nutrition Register (SENr).
In 2014, we consolidated our commitment to sports nutrition with the appointment of our very own Associate Nutritionist with expertise in sport and exercise nutrition. With this exciting development, The Dairy Council has launched "Dairy & Sport Matters", a quarterly e-newsletter for nutrition and sports professionals.
"Dairy & Sport Matters" will include news from The Dairy Council, expert comment and articles on sports nutrition, interviews with elite athletes, up-to-date evidence from academic journals on sports nutrition issues plus top tips and recipes for the sportsperson's diet.