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No evidence for views on milk; Views of the North.

DR Justine Butler found no space in her letter (June 18) vilifying cow's milk to mention that she works for a pro-soya and pro-vegan organisation.

Doubtless there are other sources of milk that provide health benefits and are better suited to some individuals but to claim that cow's milk is linked to a variety of childhood illnesses without presenting her evidence is scaremongering in the extreme.

A quick look on the internet tells me that cow's milk is a great source of calcium, protein, vitamin D, potassium and choline with positive health implications for bone and heart health, lower blood pressure, reduced risk of depression, increased muscle growth and a possible link to a reduction in some types of cancers and protection against osteoporosis.

Given the poor diets that some young children eat, an (optional) carton of semi-skimmed milk at school seems to me to be a positive move by Mr. Gove and should be welcomed.

KAREN QUINN, Heddon-on-the-Wall.
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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Jun 19, 2014
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