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That was then when milk was evil:

Kiwis would be far healthier if they made the easy switch from full-fat to trim milk, reports Emily Watt from Sunday Star Times.

Orange, yellow, blue and green – it’s a rainbow of colours in the milk aisle at the supermarket, but most New Zealanders are sticking with fat-filled blue.

Kiwis bought nearly 100 million litres of blue-top milk last year, despite nationwide health messages to cut down on saturated fat. Nutritionists say if that was trim milk, our rates of high cholesterol, blood pressure and cardiovascular disease would improve dramatically.

A litre of blue-top milk contains 24g of saturated fat, equivalent to four nougat-filled chocolate bars.

The nation’s milk-drinking habits need to change, says Otago University professor of nutrition Jim Mann. “That’s a significant way people could cut down on saturated fat intake. It’s potentially very important. And it’s an easy thing to do.”

This is now, Milk is a basic commodity and should be made available to ALL:

“Milk is a basic commodity and should be made available to all New Zealand consumers, not just those who can afford it,” Nosh director Clinton Beuvink said.

Of course Nosh neglected to tell everyone that they had to spend a minimum $25.00 on other goods in their over-priced store to avail themselves of the cheap milk deal.



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  • I’m just wondering when it was that milk (along with internet access, for that matter) became a basic human right. They are economic products, not things which are necessary for peaceable survival. 

    There are in fact some quite valid arguments that humans should not consume bovine milk AT ALL, so I don’t think anyone should think they have a right to it. It doesn’t contain any magical or unique properties, its nutritional benefit can easily be obtained elsewhere. 

    • Ploughman

      I agree Joel. Cow’s milk is adapted for calves. Most nutritional alternatives are healthier for us – less energy dense, less saturated fats, more fibre etc etc.
      Regarding costs: milk treatment plants are complex and expensive, so given that dairy farms are also expensive, milk has to be an expensive product.

      • kehua

        Bullshit Joel/ Ploughman, your very existance is proof that the milk you fathers and grandfathers drank was healthy and nuttricious, if only their sons and grandsons had done he same they would also be living proof of the benefits of full bodied pasteurised NZ milk.

  • They can go bloody jump – switch over from blue top to green top and not only are you drinking the equivalent of cat and cow piss combined but why not send your sodium intake through the god damned roof. Take a look at the labels of the two milk – last I looked blue had more fat, green had more salt – so buggered either way by the standards of the health Nazis. 
    And that University of Otago Professor can not add or rather multiply to save his bloody life from a wet paper bag.

    I have a 2litre bottle of Anchor Blue Top right in front of me right now (I am making my coffee and weetbix) according to the label it says 1.9g of saturated fat per 100mls which is 8% of your recommended daily intake of saturated fat. Now if my base 10 math is right that makes it 19grams of saturated fat per litre of milk – so a bit off from 24grams which actually comes from the total fat count (including the good fats such as mono saturated and unsaturated fats) – which is 4 grams off (28grams per 100mls) any way.

    Some more math, lets see we have 200mls for our Weetbix and 100mls for all our tea and coffees through out the day – that makes it 300mls of yummy blue milk which would kick my saturated fat count to 5.7grams which would be around 24% of the RDI and around 50% of my Calcium intake on the way out. So essentially you would have to chug through around 1.2litres of milk to kick the saturated fat count into touch – although not hard it is not easy either. 

    So FFS get the math right.
    If you want to go healthy Light Blue is the best compromise there is.

  • Anonymous

    If you’re drinking milkshakes and milk by the glass  then yes the blue to green does make a difference but as Ben Ross points out above the average milk user would be lucky to get through 300mls per day. From memory green has about half the fat content of blue and given the numbers involved its fuck-all difference over the day.

    Considering Green is just watered down Blue Fontera is effectively doubling the qty of milk sold by adding water! IMO

    As For Nosh, no wonder the supermarkets aren’t prepared to play ball.

  • Anonymous

    The funny thing is, said nutritionist is using 30 year old information that said saturated fat intake is actually detrimental to health whereas it is now relatively widely known among many doctors/researchers etc that saturated fat is no demon (give it another 5-10 years to hit mainstream I guess). I agree that milk is not a necessity for us but more do to with its sugar content. I generally use heavy cream in my coffee…

    •  rookie..

      i have a large cache showing dairy causes cancer/diabetes/strokes..

      i consider it to be another ‘white-death’..

      ..don’t forget that we have world beating rates of those conditions increasingly attributed to dairy..

      ..and world beating rates of dairy consumption..


      [email protected]

  • Peter Wilson

    Just another scientific con job. If we drink a certain type of milk, or any other nutritional food, how long does it prolong our life?

  • Gravedodger

     I have changed back to house brand Blue top from Ca added Yellow due to the exorbitant pricing.
    Always wondered why the constituent starved Green was also dearer I thought it was recycled rinsings from the tanker wash-bay.

  • Guest

    Thought silver top had highest fat content,but was least adulterated

    • Anonymous

      And the tastiest!

  • jay cee

    my wife started using green top in her tea some years ago. when getting the refills i used to get mixed up and instead of having my blue top i was drinking her green. now i can’t stand blue top in my tea but it now makes my coffee taste like its got cream in it, yumm. 

  • Ploughman

    Cow’s milk was never fed to infants before the invention of the bottle. Babies were fed by their mothers or by wet nurses. Cow’s milk was used as food for children (post weaning) and adults. Studies have shown that goat’s milk does not produce allergies – cow’s milk does.  Babies prefer goat’s milk when given a choice between cow’s milk and goat’s milk formulas.  Cow’s milk can also lead to early onset obesity because it is too fatty.   It can also cause digestive upset in babies; even the best formulations can do this.
    The goat’s milk industry is growing rapidly in NZ.  It produces high incomes for the farmers – between 3 and 4 times that of dairy farms. 
    I am not associated with the goat milk industry in any way, but the success of this industry does show that healthier alternatives to cow’s milk are available. 

    The bottle one day may be rated as one of the worst inventions ever.