Win a great festive hamper from the NFU

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CHRISTMAS is coming and once again farmers in the Grantham area are inviting you to enter their competition to win a fantastic food hamper worth over £100.

It’s packed with top-quality Christmas goodies, including a fresh turkey, sausages, pork pies, cheeses, eggs, honey, fresh vegetables and lots more.

Farmers in Lincolnshire produce a huge amount of produce, including milk.

We buy over 10 million pints of fresh milk in the UK every year but many of us still take for granted the fantastic health benefits we get from a daily pinta.

Not only is milk a valuable source of proteins, vitamins and minerals we all need to keep us healthy, it is also high in calcium which is vital for keeping our bones and teeth strong.

But some people misunderstand the fat content of milk believing it to much higher than it really is.

Sales figures show that most of us drink semi-skimmed milk which has a fat content far lower than most foods advertised as ‘low fat’.

Even full fat milk only contains a total of four per cent fat, and is well within the ‘healthy’ guidelines for food groups we are encouraged to seek out.

Researchers have recently discovered that young children who consume lots of milk and dairy products tend to be leaner than those with lower intakes, and being high in calcium and vitamin D, milk is an important food when it comes to combatting old-fashioned diseases such as rickets reported to be on the increase in young children.

l To enter the competition, send your name, address and phone number to Christmas Hamper Competition, The Journal, 46 High Street, Grantham, NG31 6NE, along with the answer to the following question:

What is the total fat content of semi-skimmed milk?

a) 0%

b) 2%

c) 25%

Deadline for entries is noon on Friday, December 16, 2011.