Cheese, Cream, more cheese, in fact everything and anything dairy can be found on many lowcarb plates.
We would be lost without it.
But, as this article shows, eating dairy is more than just a way to cut down on carbs…
Eating high calcium, higher fat dairy foods, have been a long term stable tenant of the low-carb way of eating, and for good reason – it works – as part of a healthy low carb regime.
A Study by Professor Arne Astrup
Now, a recent study conducted in Denmark has observed that the more calcium you eat in your diet the less body fat you will have, and therefore the less you will weigh. This points to the fact that not only is dairy a high-energy food, it could be that dairy itself can help you absorb less fat.
Professor Arne Astrup, Head of Human Nutrition at the Royal Veterinary and Agricultural University in Copenhagen, Denmark, undertook a study to prove this fact.
In the study, a group of volunteers spent one week eating a diet that was high in calcium, typically more than 2000milligrams of calcium a day; and week 2 was on a low calcium diet, where they were eating around about 500milligrams of calcium a day.
These diets were designed so that they had the identical amount of calories and crucially, they also had the same fat content each week.
The known science led the researchers to expect that the higher calcium diet would indeed cause the body to absorb less fat than on the lower calcium diet.
However, the results that actually came out were even better than expected, in fact on the higher calcium diet tests on the subjects excretions showed that they passed through twice as much fat as they did on the lower calcium diet.
Putting that another way, on the higher calcium diet they absorbed only half the amount of fat than they did on the lower calcium diet.
What this means for low-carbers is that when you eat dairy products, not all of their calories count.
But of course, that still doesn’t give you an excuse to binge out on cheese!