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Dairy Foods But Not Calcium Supplements Promote Fat Loss

Brian Turner

Posted on May 08 2018

Several large population studies found that dairy food consumption was linked to lower body fat. As expected, the dairy industry jumped on these findings to promote their products. These studies didn’t find that eating more dairy foods will make people thinner— only that dairy consumption is related to lower body fat. Alison Booth and colleagues from Deakin University in Australia performed a meta-analysis that pooled the results of studies on the effects of dairy consumption and calcium supplements on bodyweight and body composition. Calcium supplements had no effect on weight or fat loss. Dairy consumption as part of a reduced-calorie diet, on the other hand, caused fat loss but not weight loss. The researchers concluded that in the short term (four months), including three daily servings of dairy might promote fat loss. (British Journal Nutrition, 114: 1013-1025)