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GOT MILK?

Will grab & go milk replace fizzy drinks as supermarkets push calcium-rich option?

A single glass of milk provides half a day's calcium

SUGAR-laden fizzy drinks have long since replaced a cool glass of milk as the drink of choice for most children.

But this could be about to turn on its head.

Adam Leyland, editor of The Grocer magazine, says that milk could soon be the brand to be reckoned with as major supermarkets are now selling 250ml bottles in their ?쐅rab and go??drinks cabinets.

More children may be encouraged to drink milk due to the rise of grab & go containers
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More children may be encouraged to drink milk due to the rise of grab & go containers

Add to this the rise in popularity of fast-food milk options offered by the likes of McDonald?셲 and you can see where Adam is coming from.

As a nutritionist, I can only jump for joy.

It could mean a rise in calcium intake, which is essential for building healthy bones.

Many supermarkets have started to sell grab & go milk drinks
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Many supermarkets have started to sell grab & go milk drinks

Each 250ml serving gives us 312mg of calcium ??almost half the 700mg recommended daily amount for women.

This will especially benefit teenage girls who more often than not get nowhere near their daily targets.

If milk replaces a sugary drink, it will wipe eight teaspoons of ?쏿dded sugars??off a child?셲 daily total.

Lactose, the natural sugar in milk, does not count towards your daily ?쏿dded sugar??amount.

But it?셲 not just good news for children.

Milk is much healthier than fizzy drinks
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Milk is much healthier than fizzy drinks


Milk provides a good slug of protein (almost 9g, which is more than an egg).

This means that it makes a filling snack as well as providing hydration. Milk also contains other important minerals for bones, including phosphorus.

The rise of ?쐅rab and go??milk is to be celebrated by farmers and parents alike.

A single glass of milk contains half a day's calcium
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A single glass of milk contains half a day’s calcium

But remember to stick with lower-fat versions where you can.

While whole milk has 158 calories per 250ml serving, semi-skimmed has 115 and fully skimmed just 85.

And the precious minerals remain virtually the same, whichever you opt for.

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