We have been told for years that milk should be an essential part of our diet .
It is good for the growth of our bones.
Milk is usually defined as nature’s wholesome food as it has no additives, preservatives and artificial colourings.
It is also full of minerals and vitamins .
Milk provides a unique combination of protein, potassium, magnesium and B-vitamins, as well as of course mention the calcium needed for bones.
Some experts consider that it can cause cancer .
An Italian study and a Canadian study have associated milk consumption with a significantly higher risk of developing prostate cancer .
The Canadian research discovered that men who consumed four 200ml glasses of milk doubled their risk of the disease.
Other studies have related milk consumption to acne, rheumatoid arthritis, heart disease, asthma and multiple sclerosis.
Another 1990s study suggested that proteins in milk interrupted the production of insulin, the hormone which stabilises blood sugar, increasing the risk of developing diabetes .
As a nation we drink 14 per cent less milk than ten years ago.