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One added serving of dairy calcium, 300 mg per day, associated with 4% less body fat in children
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An additional serving of dairy calcium per day, equal to 300 mg of calcium, is associated with a decrease in body fat of 3.5 to 4.5 percent in children according to a 2002 paper from Robert P. Heaney, MD at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska, USA and others.
"Each additional regular serving of a dairy calcium source was associated with 0.9–1.1 kg less body fat and a lower value for percent body fat in the range of 3.5% to 4.5% (depending upon how calculated)," Heaney wrote.
"In their study, body fat averaged 18% of body weight in males and 21% in females at 70 months of age [5- years-and-10-months]. Hence a 3.5% to 4.5% lower value translates to 20% less body fat per regular dairy serving."
Heaney R, Davies K, Barger-Lux MJ. Calcium and weight: Clinical studies. J Am Coll Nutr. 2002 Apr, 21(2):152S-5S.
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