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Calcium: Low intake associated with greater body fat
Friday, September 12, 2003 7:08 am Email this article
A low intake of calcium is associated with an increase in body fat, especially in women concludes a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.
Women consuming less than 600 mg of calcium per day were heavier, had higher percent body fat, had a greater body mass index (BMI), and more belly fat than women who consumed more than 1000 mg of calcium per day.
A higher intake of calcium was associated with lower levels of total cholesterol, LDL cholesterol, and the ratio of total-to-HDL cholesterol in both men and women after adjusting for body fat and waist circumference.
Jacqmain M, Doucet E, Despres J, Bouchard C, Tremblay A. Calcium intake, body composition, and lipoprotein-lipid concentrations in adults. Am J Clin Nutr. 2003 Jun, 77(6):1448-52.
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