New research: drink milk and lose weight
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- 05 February 2004
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For years now dairy products have been linked to fat, obesity and cardiovascular diseases. However, new research has revealed that reduced-fat dairy products may, in fact, have a slimming effect.
Several surveys, primarily in the US, show a link between a person’s intake of calcium in, for instance, milk and weight – i.e. the higher the calcium intake, the lower the weight.
Although no definite cause for this has been established, some researchers believe that calcium increases fat burning.
”This puts a new perspective on the debate about dairy products and fat, particularly because some studies indicate that calcium from milk may have a stronger impact than calcium from other sources,” says Merete Myrup Christensen, Head of the Nutritional Department. “Based on what we know today, we can say that calcium acts as a slimming agent. Now the challenge is to find out why.”
Merete Myrup Christensen also points to the extensive studies into osteopsathyrosis (brittle bones) in recent years, which showed that people who are given large amounts of calcium to strengthen their bones, also lost weight.
Recent studies, for instance, have demonstrated that some people lose up to 2 kg a year by drinking half a litre of skimmed milk and eating 2-3 slices of reduced fat cheese and some reduced fat yoghurt per day. The main beneficiaries, however, seem to be people who are already getting too little calcium.
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