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Children Do Not Lose Weight On Low-Fat Dairy Diet

March 23, 2011: 05:16 AM EST
An Australian study of children who consumed either regular or low-fat dairy products found that intake of saturated fats dropped in those who ate low-fat products, but their weight levels remained the same as those who consumed regular dairy. The 24-week randomized trial involved 145 children ages 4 to 13 years old divided into two groups. One group ate their normal diet, while the other ate reduced-fat dairy. Researchers measured the children’s intake of saturated fats, energy and nutrients, blood fat levels, body mass index and waist circumference at intervals over the six months. They found no significant differences in energy intake or fat measurements between the two groups.
Gilly A Hendrie and Rebecca K Golley, "Changing from regular-fat to low-fat dairy foods reduces saturated fat intake but not energy intake in 4–13-y-old children", American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, March 23, 2011, © American Society for Nutrition
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