Drinking school milk regularly as a child helps ensure they don’t miss that once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to build strong healthy teeth and bones, with studies showing those that do are physically fitter in old age.
Why is milk good for children?

Healthy bodies


Milk provides a powerhouse of nutrients essential for strong healthy teeth and bones, with more than half a child’s calcium and a third of their protein requirements. No wonder it is one of only two drinks recommended between meals.
School milk is excellent for hydration, which is essential for aiding the concentration and attention of young minds in class.


Healthy lifestyle

School milk can be a great energy boost at mid-morning break; refuelling the body until lunch. Milk and water are the only two drinks recommended by dentists between meals.
Drinking school milk fits into a healthy lifestyle. It is one of the best ways to rehydrate after an active playtime, getting them ready to learn once again.
How does milk compare to other drinks?
Milk is a great drink for children as it provides bags of energy and lots of great nutrients without the high sugar conent. Sugary foods and drinks can cause tooth decay, especially if you eat them between meals. The longer the sugary food is in contact with the teeth, the more damage it can cause.
What's wrong with having lots of sugar?
  • It rots  your teeth
  • It increases the liklihood of weight gain
  • Being overweight can lead to many health problems and can stop you living a long, healthy life
  • Sugar is addictive. the more of it you consume, the more you want
There are many different types of drinks that have a high sugar content including fruit juice and fizzy drinks for example. In the same size serving as milk, some drinks contain at least double the amount of sugar as semi-skimmed milk.

Semi-skimmed milk

Fruit shoot


Natural fruit juice

= 4 grams
(sugar quantities per 200ml)

The sugars found naturally in whole fruit are less likely to cause tooth decay because the sugars are contained within the structure of the fruit. But when fruit is juiced or blended, the sugars are released. Once released, these sugars can damage teeth, especially if fruit juice is drunk frequently. That is why dentists recommend drinking only water and milk between meals.