Schools Should Offer Soya Milk

| Post published on June 1, 2006
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School children should be offered a choice about where they get their calcium from. In a study published in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association, researchers from the US Cancer Project found that when young students were offered soya milk, almost a quarter of them chose the calcium-rich, dairy-free drink over cow’s milk. “Soya milk has major health advantages over cow’s milk,” said Jennifer Reilly, a dietician with the Cancer Project and the study’s lead author, “it avoids the problem of lactose intolerance and skips the ‘bad’ fats – and many kids prefer it.” Enriched soya milk does not contain lactose, cholesterol, growth hormones or animal protein (casein), it contains little or no saturated fat, but has as much calcium as cow’s milk. UK schools do not offer soya milk; this study offers strong support for changing that policy.

Reilly JK, Lanou AJ, Barnard ND, Seidl K and Green AA. 2006. Acceptability of soymilk as a calcium-rich beverage in elementary school children. Journal of the American Dietetic Association. 106 (4) 590-593.

About the author
Dr. Justine Butler
I joined Viva! as a health campaigner in 2005 after graduating from Bristol University with a PhD in molecular biology. My scientific training helped me research and write numerous reports, guides and fact sheets for Viva! including Meat the Truth, Fish-Free for Life, One in Nine (breast cancer and diet) and the substantial report on the detrimental health effects of consuming dairy; White Lies. This accompanied Viva!’s report The Dark Side of Dairy which spelt out the inherent cruelty of dairy farming. We were the first UK group to take on the dairy industry in this way, and many of our supporters go vegan after reading these reports.

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