More Than Just a Bone Builder

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Drinking more milk, and in particular including more milk protein, might help decrease body fat and maintain a healthier body weight, according to a study from the University of South Australia. After analyzing the diets of 720 overweight adults, the researchers found that overweight adults who consumed more milk and milk products, and consequently had more calcium and protein from dairy in their diets, tended to weigh less and have less body fat compared to those who consumed few milk products. Yogurt consumption was associated with lower percent body fat, abdominal fat, and waist circumference, while reduced-fat milk intake was inversely linked to BMI, waist circumference, and percent body fat. The researchers conclude that, “…consumption of dairy products, dairy protein, and calcium was associated with more favourable body composition.” 

Contrary to web-based gossip, dairy foods, calcium, and vitamin D are not associated with an increased risk for pancreatic cancer, state researchers at Columbia University in New York, while researchers at Harvard School of Public Health report that low calcium intake increases the risk for colorectal cancer. 

Murphy K, Crichton G, Dyer K, et al: Dairy foods and dairy protein consumption is inversely related to markers of adiposity in obese men and women. Nutrients 2013;5:4665-4684.

Genkinger J, Wang M, Li R, et al: Dairy products and pancreatic cancer risk. Annals of Oncology 2014;March 14th. 

Massa J, Cho E, Orav E, et al: Total calcium intake and colorectal adenoma in young women. Cancer Causes and Control 2014;25:451-460.

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