National Sports Campus, Blanchardstown, Dublin 15

The Healthfest 2019 event organised by the National Dairy Council and Safefood for transition year students. Over 3000 students from all over Ireland attended with activities including Zumba, football, dancing and a chance to just hang.

Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland

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        1. millie st murderlark

          Thank you for your statement of the obvious darling.

          I’m not as stupid as my internet persona lets on, you know, even if it’s fun to play pretend.

          1. Eoin

            Was I being condescending Millie? Not intended, I assure you. And your internet persona is anything but stupid. “Sealed envelope of a woman who spirals inwardly to infinity”. Have a great weekend!

      1. Ian-O

        Milk is not healthy for you.

        We have been bombarded with propaganda about it for decades, but the reality is that it does nothing for your bones in terms of ‘strengthening’ them, in the case of women, it may even cause them to weaken.

        It’s produced by animal with 4 stomachs to feed their young, who also have 4 stomachs.

        There are even indications that regularly drinking moderate amounts can lead to early death.

        No idea about yoghurt though? Might be good for you? There are lots of article online to say it does but hard to wade through them all.

        And just in case anyone asks, no, I am neither a vegan nor a vegetarian, I actually do drink milk but in very small quantities (a few ml’s in tea once or twice a day) and I LOVE butter, but I am not fooling myself into thinking its a health food and neither should other people.

        As best as I can tell, in small quantities, its relatively harmless, like most things, but the NDC would have us drinking pints of the stuff a day and that is not healthy.

        1. Spaghetti Hoop

          Thanks for all the insightful hunches, Doc.
          I love milk, cheese and yoghurt and their protein, vitamins, calcium and pro-biotic qualities. I can see why we raise our young on fortified milk – it’s so good for you. Kids are drinking way too much sugary drinks and getting fat, losing their teeth, destroying their organs. A glass of milk and buttery mashed potato is one of life’s pleasures. I’ll leave you to your’s, my friend.

          1. Ian-O

            While the inherent vitamins in milk are of course good for you, the stuff added later on probably does nothing whatsoever for you, same goes for vitamin supplements. As for ‘pro biotics, more marketing nonsense.

            I’m neither calling for a ban on dairy products or telling people not to consume, I’m merely pointing out that milk is not the panacea its marketed as.

            As I said, I love butter and probably eat too much of it.

            But don’t kid yourself and don’t make claims like ‘it’s so good for you’ based on your own preferences. Ask any oncologist what they recommend people quit eating if diagnosed with all sorts of cancer – dairy will be on every list. What I posted is based on years of keeping an eye on my diet and what is and is not good for me. I don’t always eat healthy, but I try but I also break out and gorge on crap from time to time.

            You want healthy, eat fresh fish and fresh vegetables, organic or not, limit red meat and dairy intake and avoid all processed foods.

            I’ll be drinking a few pints tonight, another of life’s pleasures but again, I am under no illusions as to its health impact.

          2. Spaghetti Hoop

            Have you ever been on a course of ANTI-biotics where the bacteria has been ripped away from your stomach? Yoghut’s live bacteria, lactobacillus is the only way to restore it.

            Oh wait – you’re probably into supplements in pill form?

            I never said milk was a panacea. Nor did I look for your recommendations on a healthy diet.

            Milk is such a great drink. Cold and fresh in a pint glass. Good day sir.

  1. Ian-O

    @Spaghetti Hoop

    Firstly, the bacteria in your gut are generally not affected by antibiotics to the extent they cannot recover naturally, as I do not eat yogurt and have taken antibiotics its clear that probiotics are not the only way for them to recover. So explain how, sans ingestion of lactobacillus, I managed to restore mine?

    Secondly, as for supplements, did you miss the part where I said they are probably do nothing for you? So no, I don’t take pill supplements anymore, just try to eat less processed food and more fresh produce.

    Thirdly, I am not giving you recommendations, I merely posting my opinion, which I might add is based on my research of the issue and not because I love a big glass of milk. Nowhere do I say I am 100% correct because I try to keep an open mind.

    Try doing some research that isn’t sponsored by the NDC and you will find its not a health food, no matter how tasty it might be. I never said you said milk was a panacea, if you read what I wrote, I said it was ‘marketed as a panacea’. Not sure how you think I am equating your views to a marketing campaign?

    1. Spaghetti Hoop

      The body suffers greatly from a course of anti-biotics – the gut loses the necessary bacteria to aid digestion and strengthen immunity. Women in particular know this as the good bacteria required to keep their reproductive zone healthy is also lost, infections occur, and lactobacillus from pro-biotic yoghurt is the best way to restore the balance. Milk is also proven to be a sugar-free healthy alternative to sugary drinks. I’ve seen the poorest families in the developing world gain health, strength and weight with just milk supplies. Butter – despite all of the negative reports about it – is still not as processed and synthetic as margarine. Like everything, moderation counts, so why the strong argument based on simply your opinion when you are not a nutritionist or doctor? Even then, who says they are 100% correct in their dietary mantra?

      1. papa p

        “Milk is also proven to be a sugar-free healthy alternative to sugary drinks. I’ve seen the poorest families in the developing world gain health, strength and weight with just milk supplies. Butter – despite all of the negative reports about it – is still not as processed and synthetic as margarine. ”

        Milk is better than sugary drinks.
        Butter is better than margarine.

        Shooting someone in the leg is better than shooting someone in the head.

          1. Clampers Outside!

            Dressed in bright orange athleisure gear.

            And everyone at the funeral can say… “it was a terryble end”.
            I’ll get me coat!

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