A new clinical trial published in the December 2005 issue of Obesity Research provides more insight into how dairy product consumption is linked to weight and body-fat loss.

The study found that when adults on a reduced-calorie diet exercised and consumed the recommended three to four servings of dairy foods each day, their metabolism changed so that their bodies burned more fat than those in the study who only consumed one serving of dairy under the same conditions.

“Our data suggests that when you restrict calories slightly and increase calcium intake by increasing the number of low-fat dairy servings, the amount of fat burned over 24 hours is increased,” said Edward Melanson, lead investigator and assistant professor of medicine at the University of Colorado.

“This is the third study in the last six months that adds more support to the body of research on dairy’s role in weight management,” said Paul Rovey, Arizona dairy producer and chairman of Dairy Management Inc. “These studies, funded in part by dairy producers through their checkoff investment in nutrition research, help form lifelong consumers by reinforcing dairy’s role as part of a healthy diet.”

For more information about the study, go to: www.nationaldairycouncil.org

Dairy Management Inc.