New Dietary Guidance Says Cut Dairy

New dietary advice has been issued in the U.K. relating to dairy products.  Public Health England has indicated that men should take only 200 calories from dairy products per day, with women down to 160 calories.

The new target is relatively restrictive. It means, for example, a if a woman drank just one large latte coffee she would exceed the limit (a large latte coffee made with whole milk, which contains around 170 calories of dairy). For this reason, The Daily Telegraph has reported, the new limitations have been criticized by both nutritional campaigners and parliamentarians.

The reason why some nutritionists are concerned is because dairy products are a key source of dietary calcium and iodine. Both of these minerals are required for healthy bones and brain development.

In parallel news, Public Health England has presented some encouraging figures about salt intake. The BBC reports that adults in England have reduced their average salt consumption by nearly a gram in the last decade.

However the now typical 8 grams per day remains above the recommended 6 grams per day. This is of concern to the campaign group Consensus on Action on Salt and Health (CASH). This body is seeking more regulation around salt in food.

It is argued that by reducing salt intake to an average of 6 grams a day for adults this will lower the rate strokes in the general population by approximately 22 percent and reduce heart attacks by 16 percent, saving an estimated 17,000 lives in the U.K.

About the author

Tim Sandle

Dr. Tim Sandle is a chartered biologist and holds a first class honours degree in Applied Biology; a Masters degree in education; and has a doctorate from Keele University.

  • Kate Bregovic

    Nice article!