A new study has dismissed any association between consumption of dairy products and male weight gain. The study examined the association between total calcium intake, and consequent changes in body weight. Diet and calcium supplements formed the main source for intake of calcium.
More than 19,000 men between the age of 40 and 75 years were followed for a 12-year period. All of the study participants consumed a normal diet rather than a low calories diet and were monitored closely for any weight gain. Surprisingly, weight changes were found to be independent of the total calcium intake.
Although those who had increased their total dairy intake gained a slightly more weight than who had lowest levels of total dairy intake, the researchers attribute it to increased consumption of high-fat dairy products.
Men who consumed increased amounts of diary products did not have increased risk of hypertension (elevated blood pressure) or high cholesterol. In addition, Vitamin D and cereal fiber consumption was high amongst this group.
Following these findings, men can have 3 servings of dairy products every day without botheration about increased weight gain. Furthermore, the researchers have stated that indulging in at least 3 servings of dairy products would be more important for those on low calorie diet for weight loss efforts to be realized.
As the results of the study are not conclusive, more studies are indicated to establish a definite association between weight gain and consumption of dairy products.