From the earliest times of keeping animals, goats, sheep and cattle have provided us with milk and a variety of foods produced from milk including cheeses, yoghurts and butter.
The advice is to go very steady on full-fat dairy foods because they tend to be rich in calories, fat and saturated fats which raise blood cholesterol and may increase the risk of heart disease.
Skimmed milk is great for filling protein and bone building calcium helping to build strong bones in young people and lower the risk of osteoporosis in later life in adults.
The advice to only have 3-4 eggs a day has now formally been lifted, with the recognition that the cholesterol in eggs is not responsible for raising cholesterol levels in the blood.
Both semi and wholly skimmed milk have as much, in fact, a little more, bone building calcium than whole milk.
Probiotic yoghurts have ‘good’ probiotic strains of bacteria added during production. These must survive the digestive process and make it down into the colon where they then must be able to multiply to be of potential health enhancing use.
Cheese may help to reduce tooth decay by helping to prevent the enamel from being attacked by acids which are formed as we chew food.