Friday, March 10, 2006

Dairy Products not Associated With Male Weight Gain

Dairy Products not Associated With Male Weight Gain

(Ivanhoe Newswire) -- New research finds no link between dairy products and weight gain in men.

The study evaluated more than 19,000 healthy men ages 40 to 75 for 12 years. It looked at the relationship between total calcium intake from diet and supplements and changes in body weight based on reports from the study participants. The men followed their normal diets, not calorie-restricted ones.

Results show total calcium intake was not significantly associated with weight change. It found men who increased their total dairy intake the most gained slightly more weight than those who decreased intake the most. Researchers, however, say the link was primarily due to an increase in high-fat dairy products.

"The good news for the public is that you can follow the MyPyramid recommendation for 3 servings of dairy foods each day and get the nutrition benefits without concern of extra weight gain," says Greg Miller, Ph.D., executive vice president of the National Dairy Council. "If you're cutting calories to lose weight, it's important to get your three servings of dairy foods each day for good health and to enhance your weight loss efforts."

Researchers also show men who consumed a lot of dairy products were less likely to have hypertension or high cholesterol. They also tended to consume more cereal fiber and vitamin D.

The authors acknowledge the results are not conclusive and say more studies are needed.

SOURCE: American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 2006;83:559-66

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