January 28, 2005
Calcium and Weight Loss
Calcium, as we all know, is an important part of our diet because it helps to keep our bones strong. What you may not know is that calcium is also thought to play a role in weight management. Research suggests that a diet high in calcium can help promote weight loss. Calcium has been shown to regulate fat metabolism and core body temperature. The recent research has looked at the calcium found in low fat dairy products. It is unclear whether calcium acts alone or synergistically with other components found in dairy. Aim for 1200 mg of calcium each day. Try to achieve this with primarily low fat dairy products. An 8 fl oz glass of milk, preferably 1% or skim, has 300 mg of calcium. One cup of yogurt has about 300 mg of calcium. One ounce of low fat cheese has about 150 mg of calcium.
How do you know how much calcium is in certain foods? Read the food label! Calcium is located on the bottom portion of the nutrition facts label, listed as a percentage. The one thing you can do with calcium that you can not do with any other nutrient is replace the percent sign with a zero. The percentage is based on 1000 mg of calcium. For example, a yogurt container with 30% calcium has 300 mg of calcium.
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Posted by Lisa at January 28, 2005 2:36 PM
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