Dairy products play a key role in developing countries, and a new study shows that in India milk trumps tea as a tool to stave off obesity and keep waistlines trim.

The study, published in the peer-reviewed journal PLOS ONE, looked at the Body Mass Index, waist circumference and dietary habits of more than 6,000 men and women living in India. Researchers concluded that men and women who consumed at least one portion of “plain” milk daily were less likely to have a high waist circumference than those who didn’t.

“The independent, inverse association of daily plain milk consumption with the risk of being obese suggests that high plain milk intake may lower the risk of obesity in adult Indians,” the researchers concluded.

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More research is likely. However, this isn’t the first time milk has been associated with slimmer waistlines. Research has found insufficient calcium/dairy intake may be part of the problem behind the obesity crisis. One of the keys to dairy’s weight-loss properties may be nicotinamide riboside, a naturally-occurring ingredient in milk.