AUSTRALIA - Recent research findings add to the growing body of evidence showing the beneficial role of dairy foods in managing weight.
The new study published by Australian research organisation CSIRO in the journal Nutrients looked at the effects of consuming dairy in people who were on a calorie-restricted diet.
“This study adds further confirmation to other work that shows consuming 2-4 serves of dairy foods (milk, cheese and yoghurt) or dairy supplements, as part of a calorie-restricted diet, can lead to greater weight and fat loss, compared to a control diet,” said Emma Glassenbury, Health Professional Communication Manager from Dairy Australia.
The study collated findings from 27 trials looking at the effect of dairy consumption on weight, body fat mass and lean muscle mass in adults. It found participants who consumed more dairy also retained 75 per cent more lean mass (or muscle) compared to those consuming diets lower in dairy, which has important implications for weight management.
“These very positive findings, favouring an adequate intake of dairy foods, come at a time when the Australian Health Survey shows nine out of ten Australians are not meeting recommendations for the milk, yoghurt, cheese and/or alternative food groups,” said Ms Glassenbury.
The Australian Health Survey showed adults are consuming an average of 1.5 servings of dairy, which is well below what the Australian Dietary Guidelines recommend for most age and gender groups.
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