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Dairy industry lies about own research in weight loss claims

November 9, 2010

The dairy industry continued to publicly claim that dairy helps people lose weight even after a dairy industry-funded study found no evidence to back up the claim. In 2004, a study by Jean Harvey-Berino, chairwoman of the Department of Nutrition and Food Sciences at the University of Vermont, and an avowed fan of dairy, found no link between dairy consumption and weight loss, and the dairy industry was aware of these results. The study was published in 2005, but the dairy industry continued to market dairy as a weight-loss aid until 2007, when the Federal Trade Commission ordered them to stop.

Other independent studies have confirmed that, if anything, dairy contributes to weight gain, not weight loss. This is not surprising considering that cow’s milk is to designed to help a growing calf gain hundreds of pounds.

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