Give kids plant milk, say docs
HUNDREDS of doctors are calling on the Government to stop giving schoolkids free cow’s milk.
They want it replaced with plant-based alternatives like soya which they say is healthier.
The plea by 450 health professionals marks World Plant Milk Day next Saturday. They claim cow’s milk is linked to a bigger risk of asthma, eczema, and even cancers, like prostate, which is most rife in black men.
And BAME communities are far more likely to be lactose intolerant.
Dr Shireen Kassam, a consultant haematologist and founder of Plant Based Health Professionals UK, said: “Dairy is not only unnecessary for health but leads to environmental destruction, with the world’s 13 largest dairy companies producing the same greenhouse gas emissions as the entire UK.”
Around £7million a year is spent providing free milk to under-fives – plus older pupils who get free school meals – on the advice of the NHS.