Good morning world and thanks for tuning in to another day here on Planet Magnet. Today sees me on day two of the Bank Holiday weekend and travelling to IKEA as I write this whilst sat on a motorway in the back of a friends car which in the UK is where we spend most Bank Holidays attempting travel on gridlocked roads trying to get to destinations we deem nicer than where we live (IKEA not withstanding) so we might enjoy ourselves more than sitting at home watching the rain fall endlessly from grey skies.
Yes my friends that is a Bank Holiday.
At least here in this country it is….
But then there was always a saving grace about wet cold weekends. They allowed me to indulge in one of the few guilty pleasures I have left in my relatively tame new life.
A triple shot medium Latte.
That was until this morning.
This morning I have read an story stating that the Government’s top health expert has announced we drink too much milk.
Yes, this “expert” reckons there is too much milk in our diets even though I think it is a known fact that 20% of teenage girls already don’t get enough calcium in their diet as it is!
So here is the story written by Katie Strick
“Britons should halve their dairy intake to help tackle obesity, according to the Government’s dietary adviser. Public Health England says men should consume just 200 calories of dairy products per day, and women 160. But the dairy industry, nutritionists and MPs have condemned the ‘baffling’ guidelines, which they say contradict recent parliamentary recommendations on dairy intake. The guidelines also come despite the fact one in five teenage girls have too little calcium in their diet, with implications for long-term bone health, according to the National Diet and Nutrition Survey”
“According to the Daily Telegraph, there is concern the new advice would mean people’s diets would not contain enough calcium or iodine, which are key for brain development and healthy bones. Opponents of the recommendations say the guidance was based on poor science as it does not account for the rate at which nutrients from diary are absorbed by the body compared to that in other foods”
“Previously, PHE recommended that 15 per cent of people’s daily calories should come from dairy. Now, their revised figure suggests just 8 per cent of calories should come from dairy or alternatives. Dr Judith Bryans, chief executive of Dairy UK, called the new advice ‘baffling and disappointing’. She said: ‘We do not believe that vulnerable groups such as breastfeeding women or teenage girls can practically meet their needs for calcium or iodine using the Eatwell Guide.’Dr Anne Mullen, of the Dairy Council, said: ‘Milk and dairy products are nutrient rich and nutrient dense, so they really pack a punch. The body also absorbs nutrients from dairy far more efficiently than from fruit and vegetables, and PHE should have taken that into account”
“It’s simply not realistic to suggest people can get what they need from other food types. It is possible for vegans to get their calcium and other nutrients from other sources, but it takes a lot of input from dieticians. On the other hand, 98 per cent of UK households are consumers of milk.’ PHE said the revised guidelines were in line with latest Whitehall and NHS advice, and were based on the National Diet and Nutrition Survey. Dr Alison Tedstone, chief nutritionist at PHE, said: ‘The evidence shows that we should continue to base our meals on starchy carbohydrates, especially wholegrain, and eat at least 5 portions of a variety of fruit and vegetables each day.’ A spokesman added: ‘We would never tell people not to eat dairy, but cheese, for example, is high in fat and high in calories.”
Well. That’s me told then.
Filter coffee from now on.
Stay out of the fridge.