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    Animal protein fed to children associated with higher levels of body fat


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    Monday, December 10, 2007 7:52 am Email this article
    Children who consume more animal protein, especially dairy protein, at the age of 1-year and 5- to 6-years-old have higher levels of body fat at the age of 7 than those who consume less according to a new study from researchers at the Research Institute of Child Nutrition at the University of Bonn in Dortmund, Germany. Dairy Protein

    Dairy protein intake associated with higher levels of body fat at the age of 7-years : 18.2% vs 16.2%

    At the age of one, the intake of dairy protein alone—not protein from meat or cereal—that was associated with a higher level of body fat at the age of 7.

    At the age of 5-6, the intake of animal protein, not just dairy protein was associated with a higher level of body fat at the age of 7.

    Those who consumed the most dairy protein at the age of 1-year had an average level of body fat at the age of 7-years of 18.2 percent versus 16.2 percent for those who consumed the least.

     

    Vegetable Protein

    Vegetable protein intake is not associated with body fat

    Intake of vegetable protein was not associated with body fat.

     

    Conclusion

    Conclusion: Higher dairy protein intake at 1-year is associated with higher levels of body fat at the age of 7

    “A higher animal, especially dairy, protein intake at 12 [months] may be associated with an unfavorable body composition at 7 [years],” the authors of the study concluded.

    “The age of 5-6 [years] might represent another critical period of protein intake for later obesity risk.”

    REFERENCE

    Günther AL, Remer T, Kroke A, Buyken AE. Early protein intake and later obesity risk: Which protein sources at which time points throughout infancy and childhood are important for body mass index and body fat percentage at 7 y of age? Am J Clin Nutr. 2007 Dec, 86(6):1765-72.

    AUTHOR’S CONTACT INFORMATION

    Anke L. Günther
    Research Institute of Child Nutrition
    Affiliated Institute
    University of Bonn
    Dortmund, Germany

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