Doctors call for the UK government to replace free milk in schools with plant-based options

Yvonne O'Halloran

Plant Based Health Professionals U.K are urging the government to remove dairy milk in schools and replace it with vegan alternatives.

Dr. Shireen Kassam, founder of the organisation has stated: “Dairy should not be an essential part of school nutrition,”

Currently, all school children under the age of five are provided with free cow’s milk, as well as those 5-18 who receive free school meals. This costs around £7 million pounds worth of taxpayer’s money annually.

Plant Based Health Professionals U.K. has claimed that there is no evidence that dairy milk promotes bone health and is calling upon the government to offer children plant-based milk instead.

They have partnered with the global initiative World Plant Milk Day which takes place on August 22nd to discuss the free school nutrition which is currently being provided and explain the alternatives.

Replacing cow’s milk with dairy free alternatives may not only be healthier but would ensure that children with lactose intolerance are not excluded from free school nutrition.

Article written by Martha Moody- United Kingdom

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