Nutrients in Milk May Help You Shed Weight

by VR Sreeraman on  September 17, 2010 at 1:05 PM Diet & Nutrition News   - G J E 4
A new study suggests that boosting key milk nutrients calcium and vitamin D could aid weight loss.

In a 2-year weight loss study, milk drinkers had an advantage over those who skipped the milk.
 Nutrients in Milk May Help You Shed Weight
Nutrients in Milk May Help You Shed Weight

Israeli researchers found that adults who drank the most milk (nearly 2 glasses per day) and had the highest vitamin D levels at 6 months, lost more weight after 2 years than those who had little or no milk or milk products-nearly 12 pounds weight loss, on average.

They also found that each additional 6-ounce serving of milk or milk products (about 3/4 of a glass of milk) was associated with 10 pounds successful weight loss above the average, at 6 months.

More than 300 overweight or at risk men and women ages 40 - 65 participated in the study following low-fat, low-carb diets for 2 years.

Regardless of diet, researchers found participants with the highest dairy calcium intake 6 months into the study (averaging about 580mg per day - the amount in nearly 2 glasses of milk) lost about 12 pounds at the end of the 2 years, compared to about 7 pounds for those with the lowest dairy calcium intake (averaging about 150mg, or about half of a glass).

Beyond calcium, the researchers also found that vitamin D levels independently affected weight loss success and in line with previous research, milk and milk products were the top contributors to vitamin D in the diets of the study participants.

Emerging science suggests vitamin D may also help protect against diabetes, hypertension, heart disease and certain cancers. It also supports a healthy immune system.

Fat free milk is packed with nine essential nutrients that people need, including calcium and vitamin D, and contains 80 calories per 8-ounce serving.

Research suggests eating right, getting active and drinking the recommended three glasses of low-fat or fat free milk daily can help one maintain a healthy weight.

The new study is published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

Source: ANI

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