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In fact it is 87 per cent water. Only 3.3 per cent is protein (compared with 9 per cent in bread and 7 per cent in haricot beans). Milk is a fatty product: 3.8 per cent of full-cream milk is saturated fat. Dairy products supply 30 per cent of our total fat intake, and 40 per cent of the saturated fat.

Milk is certainly a good source of calcium, but so are green leaf vegetables (like broccoli and chard), peas, potatoes and mushrooms, nuts and seeds, and dried fruits. Milk is increasingly likely to include traces of antibiotics and pesticides, while the threat of bovine growth hormone still lurks despite the protests of consumer groups and most farmers. Many people find it hard to digest the lactose (milk sugar) in dairy products, and this gives rise to a wide range of allergic reactions. Clinical tests have shown that milk is implicated in 74 per cent of allergic skin reactions, and in 89 per cent of asthma and hay fever cases.

Many nutritionists now support those who believe that cows' milk is generally unsuited to the human digestive system, and that consumption of dairy products is best kept below the equivalent of 1 pint (0.5 litres) of milk a day. WHAT NEEDS TO CHANGE: We need to change our perception of dairy products, seeing them as useful and tasty additions to our diet rather than staples. The labelling of dairy products should be honest and accurate, especially concerning fat content.

Low-fat dairy products and close equivalents to milk products should be even more widely available. Doctors ought to acknowledge the prevalence of intolerance to milk. WHAT YOU CAN DO: Buy skimmed or semi-skimmed milk to cut down on your saturated fat.

Go for fresh milk rather than long-life or powdered milk. Gradually reduce the amount of milk you drink, and try organic soya milk in drinks and on cereals. Buy traditional, additive-free, mature cheeses, and choose low-fat cheeses in preference to high-fat ones.

Use yoghurt instead of cream. Don't give cows' milk to babies; when they are weaning give them bottled water instead.

If your children have milk at school, ask if they can have....

If your children have milk at school, ask if they can have skimmed or semi-skimmed milk, or fruit juice (not squash) instead. Ask for skimmed or semi-skimmed milk in cafes a... read more

WHAT YOU CAN DO: Try not to eat more than two to....

WHAT YOU CAN DO: Try not to eat more than two to three eggs a week. (This will keep your cholesterol intake to a safe ... read more

Pesticide pollution of groundwater is also on the increase. At least 16....

Pesticide pollution of groundwater is also on the increase. At least 16 toxic pesticides are commonly found in drinking water and widespread testing is still woef... read more