Scientists debate calcium

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22 April 2004
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Calcium’s effect on body weight will be on the agenda when leading nutritional scientists meet for the Annual Meeting of the Danish Nutrition Society on 23-24 April.

At the meeting, international nutritional scientists will present their recent findings in this area under the theme: "Dietary calcium and body weight regulation – a new tool for fighting obesity?”

Recent research shows that reduced fat dairy products can have a slimming effect due to their calcium content.

Several investigations, primarily in the US, show that there is a link between an individual’s intake of calcium and their weight i.e. the higher the calcium intake the lower the weight.

Danish scientists are also examining the matter and a one year project has just been completed under the auspices of the Danish Dairy Research Foundation. The results confirm the American findings.

As well as nutritional scientists from the academic world, delegates from a number of Danish food companies, among them Arla Foods, will attend the meeting.

“It’s already well known that milk is the best source of calcium and it’s obvious that we should monitor developments in this area,” said the head of Arla Foods’ Nutrition Department, Merete Myrup Christensen.

Arla Foods is an international dairy company owned by 9,700 farmers from Denmark, Sweden, the UK, Germany, Belgium, Luxembourg and the Netherlands. Arla Foods is one of the leading players in the international dairy arena with well-known brands like Arla®, Lurpak®, Puck® and Castello®. Arla Foods is focused on providing good dairy nourishment from sustainable farming and operations and is also the world's largest manufacturer of organic dairy products.

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