Why milk is great

Milk is excellent as a mid-morning drink. It provides a nutritional boost and keeps children hydrated between breakfast and lunch, helping them to concentrate and learn. Here are five ways that milk fuels children’s potential…

School milk can be a great energy boost at mid-morning break, refuelling the body until lunch. Milk and water are the only two drinks recommended by dentists between meals.

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mind

School milk is excellent for hydration, which is essential for aiding the concentration and attention of young minds in class.

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body

Milk provides a unique powerhouse of nutrients essential for strong healthy teeth and bones, with more than half a child’s calcium and a third of their protein requirements. No wonder it is one of only two drinks recommended between meals.

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Drinking school milk fits into a healthy lifestyle. It is one of the best ways to rehydrate after an active playtime, getting children ready to learn once again.

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Children who drink school milk regularly benefit from a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to build strong healthy teeth and bones, with studies showing that those who do are physically fitter in old age.

Case studies

We work closely with schools and nurseries to make their milk schemes run as successfully as possible. Click on the buttons below to find out more about how our milk scheme works in a school or nursery near you.

Why we provide semi-skimmed milk

As part of our commitment to guidance issued by the Food Standards Agency and the School Food Trust we are proud to supply semi-skimmed milk.

Providing children semi-skimmed milk is a small switch that can have an extremely positive impact on their health:

  • It provides children with the same nutrients as whole milk
  • It is a good source of energy
  • It has 55% less saturated fat than whole milk
  • It even contains slightly more calcium than whole milk

The Dairy Council recommend that children who are eating and growing well drink semi-skimmed milk from the age of 2 years onwords.

189ml of semi-skimmed milk is excellent as a mid-morning drink as it provides a nutritional boost and keeps children hydrated between breakfast and lunch; helping them to concentrate, learn and play.

What’s in a 189ml portion of semi-skimmed milk?

Protein

Protein builds and repairs muscle tissue and is also a critical structural component of body tissues, including organs and bones.

  • Helps with growth
  • Repairs hair
  • Repairs muscle
  • Repairs nails
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Vitamin B2

Vitamin B2 helps break down proteins, fats and carbohydrates. It also converts food into energy which is vital for exercising muscles.

  • Healthy eyes
  • Healthy skin
  • Healthy nervous system
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Vitamin B12

Vitamin B12 helps build red blood cells that carry oxygen from the lungs to working muscles. It also plays an important role in the normal functioning of the brain and nervous system.

  • Healthy eyes
  • Healthy skin
  • Healthy nervous system
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Potassium

Potassium regulates the body’s fluid balance and helps maintain normal blood pressure. It’s also needed for muscle activity and contraction. Along with calcium, milk is a top food source for potassium.

  • Balances the body’s fluid
  • Lowers blood pressure
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Calcium

Calcium helps build and maintain strong bones and teeth. This mineral also plays an important role in nerve function, muscle contraction and blood clotting.

  • Strong bones
  • Strong teeth
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Phosphorus

Phosphorus helps strengthen bones and generates energy in your body’s cells.

  • Releases energy
  • Strong bones
  • Strong teeth
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Iodine

Iodine helps with the production of the thyroid hormones which help keep cells and the metabolic rate healthy.

  • Healthy cells
  • Healthy metabolic rate

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On a case by case basis we will provide whole milk to children in a deprived area or of poor nutrition, although requests to do so must be in writing. However, this does not apply to children attending primary education where we are unable to supply whole milk due to school food legislation.

The only drinks permitted during the school day are plain water (still or sparkling); low fat milk, or lactose reduced milk; fruit juice; vegetable juice; plain soya, rice, or oat drinks enriched with calcium; plain fermented milk (e.g. yoghurt) drinks; combination drinks; flavoured low fat milk.

SCHOOL FOOD TRUST

Cool Milk makes providing school milk simple as they collect payments and complete all administration.

Gillian Bell, School Business Manager, Bure Park Primary School

The professionalism Cool Milk demonstrate daily, ensures our schools comply with the legislation, offering healthy, fresh milk whilst working hand in hand with our supply chain.

Amanda Frost, Head of Catering Services, Hampshire County Council

Milk myths dispelled

  1. Milk is high in fat and not good for children… MYTH
    Not all milk is high in fat a 189ml serving of whole milk contains 8g fat, whereas a 189ml serving of semi-skimmed milk  contains 3.5g fat; that’s 55% less saturated fat than whole milk.
  2. Whole milk is better for children than semi-skimmed… MYTH
    Many people believe whole milk is better for children because of its rich fat content and the belief that it is nutritionally more beneficial than semi-skimmed.
  3. Soya milk is healthier than cow’s milk… MYTH
    Soy based beverages are not nutritionally equivalent to milk as it is lactose free. Soy milk contains only about a quarter of the calcium of cows milk, so if you are unable to eat or drink dairy you should allow for this by eating calcium rich foods in other parts of your diet.
  4. Milk contributes to the development and the severity of acne… MYTH
    Acne is a skin condition caused by numerous red inflamed spots. The spots are caused by the hormone testosterone, which tells the glands in your skin to produce oil. When too much oil is produced, the pores in the skin fill up with oil, and dead cells which results in the formation of a spot.Some people believe that the consumption of milk and dairy contributes to the development and severity of spots and acne however no definitive evidence exists to support this.
  1. The body has difficulty absorbing calcium… MYTH
    Our body can absorb the calcium in milk and dairy products more easily than the calcium contained in other foods such as green vegetables.Other foods that contain calcium include green leafy vegetables, tinned fish, beans, lentils and bread. However, the calcium in these foods can be difficult for the body to absorb, and is also only present in small amounts, which means that to get the same amount of calcium as a 200ml glass of milk, you need to eat 8 whole broccoli spears, nearly a kilo of spinach or 7 and a half slices of bread.
  2. Milk and dairy can worsen the symptoms of asthma… MYTH
    Asthma is a long-term condition of the respiratory system caused by swelling of the airways, and excess mucus production. For a long time, milk has been suggested to worsen the symptoms of asthma, despite no scientific evidence to support this.Unfortunately many asthmatics are advised to avoid dairy which not only provides no benefit to their asthma symptoms, but may lead to poor intake of important nutrients such as calcium and phosphorous for which milk and dairy are rich sources in the diet.