Dairy intake part of the solution to obesity problem

According to an article in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition insufficient calcium intake can be part of the obesity problem in some individuals and an increase in calcium/dairy intake is part of the solution.

Researchers from Laval University in Quebec, Canada present evidence that low calcium intake is a risk factor for overweight and obesity. The clinical implications of this relationship have been confirmed in weight loss studies performed in low calcium consumers in whom calcium or dairy supplementation accentuated body weight and fat loss.

Up to now, laboratory studies and clinical trials have demonstrated that this effect may be explained by an increase in fat oxidation and fecal loss as well as a facilitation of appetite control. Taken together, these observations suggest that insufficient calcium intake can be part of the obesity problem in some individuals and that an increase in calcium/dairy intake is part of the solution.

Dr. Angelo Tremblay, who together with Jo-Anne Gilbert published the article in October 2011, explains in an interview:

"We were looking at dairy products, which our data suggested made up about 60-65% of calcium intake. We also get a little bit of calcium from some meats like salmon; a little from some vegetables, but what we found is what other studies have also found, that the most calcium by far is provided by dairy foods.

Without dairy foods in the diet, it's difficult to have an adequate intake. So we looked at dairy consumption and found that low consumers, particularly females, were more prone to high body fat."

Read the whole abstract here

Read the whole interview with Dr. Tremblay here

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