Eat– for Good Health

Boost heart health with milk!  A new study from the Harvard School of Public Health adds to the growing body of evidence about the health benefits of conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) which is an unsaturated fat found most often in cow’s milk and to a lesser extent, in grass fed beef.  Studies indicate that CLA may improve cardiovascular health and help weight loss by reducing body fat and increasing muscle mass.  In this trial of 4,000 participants, those with the highest levels of CLA reflected a 36% lower risk of heart attack compared to those who had lower concentrations.

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In another study in May 2010, when women did weight-lifting exercise routines,  they were better off drinking two large glasses of milk than sugar-based energy drinks after workout regimens, a new study shows.  McMaster University researchers in Canada report they found that women who drank two large glasses of milk after weight-lifting exercises gained more muscle and lost more fat than women who drank sugar-based energy drinks.

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4 thoughts on “Eat– for Good Health

  1. Oh yeah. Benefits of drinking milk is a hot topic in Consumers this month. Drinking a cup or two of milk a day helps overweight dieters lose even more weight. In Consumers’ study, dieters who consumed milk or milk products lost more weight on average than those who did not.

  2. Many studies support this. Researchers in Israel placed more than 300 overweight men and women ages 40 to 65 on either a low-fat, low-carb or Mediterranean diet for two years.

    Regardless of meal plan, dieters who drank 12 ounces (a cup and a half) of milk each day lost 12 pounds at the end of two years, compared to only 7 pounds for dieters who drank less than half a cup of milk per day, according to their research published today in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

  3. Hey Mary Alice, Reba, and Becky– on the topic of Vitamin D, the sunshine vitamin, it is necessary for our bodies. Reading the label of my nonfat carton, it says one cup contains 25% of the required Vitamin D and calcium, 30%. There is some Vitamin A and C, 10% and 4% respectively. Just to make sure I’m getting enough vitamins, I take a pill a couple times a week.

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