Got Milk? Teens Who Consume More Dairy are Healthier

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milk, teensIt almost goes against what one might think, but a new study released in the Journal of American College of Nutrition found that adolescents who consumed closer to the recommended three servings of dairy foods per day had a lower body mass index (BMI) and less body fat than those with lower daily dairy consumption.

Perhaps this has something to do with the fact that older kids tend to gravitate away from milk and toward fattening soft drinks.

"Our research found that adolescents who consumed less dairy had consistently higher levels of body fat," said Dr. Lynn Moore, Boston University School of Medicine and lead author of the study. She also said that these results might show that kids that consume low-fat and fat-free dairy products as part of a healthy diet may even have some protection against adding excess body fat.

A low dairy intake among 12-16 year-olds--less than one serving per day for girls and less than two servings per day for boys--was associated with a higher BMI and greater body fat.

So have your teen take in at least three serving of dairy per day. And yep, chocolate and strawberry milk count!

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