Earlier studies, conducted elsewhere, suggest that calcium from low-fat dairy foods enhances loss of unwanted pounds — and fat. The California study, led by ARS research physiologist Marta D. Van Loan, focuses on the number of servings of dairy foods eaten per day and, as such, may shed new light on previous findings.
For example, for three weeks of the study, volunteers will eat "low-dairy" meals and snacks as is typical of their normal diets, eating only one serving of dairy foods a day, according to Van Loan. For another 12 weeks of the study, they will be assigned to either a high-dairy diet with three servings of dairy foods (milk, yogurt and cheese) or stay with the low-dairy plan of one daily serving.
One serving of dairy equals either one glass of milk, two ounces of cheese or one cup of yogurt, for example.
Van Loan is based at the agency's
This ARS study is being supported in part by the National Dairy Council of Rosemont,
Agricultural Research Service