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Calcium May Lower Body Fat in Kids

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The study, published in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association, investigated the effect of calcium intake on children’s body fat. Researchers at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, Tennessee analyzed the data of 25 boys and 27 girls aged 2 months to 8 years. Dietary intake and height, weight and other variables were obtained from the participants during in-home interviews. Body fat measurements, assessed by dual energy x-ray absorptiometry, were obtained from the participants at age eight. The researchers found that greater calcium and polyunsaturated fat intake were associated with lower body fat percentages. However, increased total and saturated fat intake, being female, and increased sedentary activities were all associated with higher body fat percentages. Findings also revealed that carbonated and other sweetened beverages were associated with low calcium intake. “Children should be strongly encouraged to regularly include calcium-rich foods and beverages in their diets,” the study authors conclude

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