The Dairy All-Party Parliamentary Group just released a report which highlights the essential role of dairy products in a healthy and balanced diet, based on robust evidence provided by nutrition and health experts. This evidence is widely available and it is therefore both puzzling and frustrating to see that official dietary guidelines would not rely on it.
At a time when our dairy industry is under huge pressure with supermarket price-wars and a Russian ban on EU dairy imports, the last thing our dairy farmers need is an own-goal like this.
Dairy products are full of key nutrients we all need, from the well-known calcium and protein to the lesser-known iodine and vitamin B12. We should be making every effort to encourage dairy consumption, not taking steps to reduce it. In our report ‘Putting Dairy Back on the Daily Menu’, we called for a 3-a-Day dairy programme to remind consumers of the unique nutritional value of dairy products. The new Eatwell guide is at odds with our recommendations and we plan on discussing this further with the Department of Health and Public Health England