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Full-fat dairy products have a more slimming effect than low-fat foods, researchers at Stockholm’s Karolinska Institute said. The findings were based on interviews with nearly 20,000 women whose dietary habits were tracked since 1987, The Local newspaper said Monday. When the study began, the women had an average body mass index of 23.7. Ten years later, the women who consumed full-fat milk or cheese had a lower BMI than those who didn’t.
Based on their findings, researchers said a glass of whole milk every day will result in 15 percent less weight gain. Full-fat cheese showed even better results: a portion a day yielded a 30 percent less weight gain. “The surprising conclusion was that increased consumption of cheese meant that overweight women lost weight,” said Alicja Wolk, a Karolinska Institute professor.