Latest study findings from Purdue University have found that dairy foods, but not calcium supplements, could reduce body weight and body mass. A previous study from Purdue University claimed that young women could burn more calories if they ate three or four dairy servings per day. However another report, also from Purdue, reported that increased dairy consumption had no effect on weight gain or loss.
The new study suggests that the benefits of dairy are not solely due to calcium content, thought earlier to be responsible for the weight loss seen in some trials. The study that followed 110 young girls, found that high dietary intake of calcium was linked to lower percentage of body fat. However, calcium supplementation had no effect on body weight, body fat or height, after one year of intervention.
Further studies are needed to determine the exact mechanism by which dairy foods affect body weight.
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