Dairy products not linked to sustained weight or fat reduction

Previous reviews have been inconsistent, the authors said, but theoretically the calcium and casein in dairy may favourably affect energy balance and reduce lipogenesis.

The effect of dairy intake was difficult to ascertain as milk consumption may reflect better overall diet and lower intake of sugar-sweetened beverages, they noted.

After reviewing 29 selected trials involving 2101 participants, the researchers found no evidence of a benefit for dairy intake on body weight or body fat.