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Dairy Products Cause Weight Loss-Fact or Fiction?

According to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), there isn't any doubt!

The US Department of Agriculture and dairy industry advertising campaigns will stop claiming that dairy products cause weight loss because such claims are not supported by existing scientific research. The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) filed a charge with the Federal Trade Commission that the dairy industry has used false and misleading advertising in its multimillion-dollar, celebrity-filled marketing campaign suggesting that consuming milk, cheese and other dairy products causes weight loss. The milk industry’s campaign was based on small studies conducted by a professor of nutrition whose funding came from dairy industry sources.

Independent research, including a recent study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, has found that dairy product consumption either has little or no effect on weight loss or actually increases body weight. A recent study described in the International Journal of Cancer found a disturbing link between dairy product consumption and increased prostate cancer risk, something previously identified in two Harvard studies.

The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine’s general counsel said “This case calls into question other advertising claims made by the industry, especially the notion that milk builds strong bones. Evidence shows it does nothing of the kind.”

Source: Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, a nonprofit health organization founded in 1985 and based in Washington, DC. The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine promotes preventive medicine, especially good nutrition. Visit their website, to subscribe to their news release distribution list.

Meredith McCarty, DC, NE, is a holistic nutritionist (Diet Counselor and Nutrition Educator). She has consulted, taught and lectured internationally since 1977 and has authored three cookbooks including Sweet and Natural—More than 120 Naturally Sweet and Dairy Free Desserts, which won the Versailles World Cookbook Fair Award. Formerly the associate editor of Natural Health magazine, Meredith co-directed a macrobiotic holistic health center in northern California for 20 years. Contact Meredith via email, or visit for the latest news on diet and health.