Children should not be given free dairy milk at school, many doctors say (Photo: Adobe. Do not use without permission)

Children should not be given free dairy milk at school, many doctors say (Photo: Adobe. Do not use without permission)

The U.K. government is facing calls to from doctors and other health professionals to ditch free dairy milk in schools.

Around £7 million of taxpayers’ money is spent on providing all school children in the U.K. aged five and under access to free cow’s milk, as well as children aged five to 18 who receive free school meals.

Ditch the dairy

But according to Plant Based Health Professionals U.K., there is no evidence that dairy promotes bone health, and it is in fact linked to increased risk of asthma, eczema, and even some cancers.

In addition, dairy excludes communities of colour from benefiting from free nutrition – more than 70 percent of people from BAME communities are lactose intolerant.

Plant-based milk

Now Plant Based Health Professionals U.K. has partnered global initiative World Plant Milk Day (WPMD), which takes place annually on August 22, to urge the government to offer children plant-based milk instead, as well as other foods scientifically found to be healthful, such as plant milks, fruit, vegetables, whole grains, and pulses.

Doctors Urge U.K Government To Replace Free School Milk With Vegan Options

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