Young women who are trying to lose weight often avoid dairy products because they think they are high in fat. But a recent study from researchers at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana reports that women with the highest intake of calcium from dairy foods lost the most weight and body fat over two years, regardless of exercise.
Exactly how calcium affects body weight and fat is not clear. The report indicates that a component of dairy products not analyzed in the study, such as conjugated linoleic acid, may be responsible. Calcium from dairy and non-dairy sources may also replace another nutrient.
And women who consumed the highest level of vitamin A gained the most weight and body fat over two years, a finding that warrants further study, the researchers note. The authors conclude that both calcium and vitamin A have a major impact on body weight and body fat. They recommend that young women who want to lose weight consume about 1,950 calories a day, 5,000 international units (IU) of vitamin A, and 1,000 mg of calcium.
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