Proteins protect bones during weight loss dieting

Eating protein-rich foods, especially dairy products, protect bones when overweight or obese young women try to shed weight through dieting, suggests a new study.

The study found bone health improvements were particularly evident due to the high density of bone-supporting nutrients such as calcium, vitamin D and dairy-based protein.

`Our findings demonstrate the importance of diet composition to the maintenance of bone health status during weight loss,` said Andrea Josse, kinesiologist at McMaster University, who led the study, the Journal of Clinical endocrinology and Metabolism reported.

For 16 weeks, three groups of overweight and obese yet healthy, pre-menopausal women each consumed either low, medium or high amounts of dairy foods coupled with higher or lower amounts of protein and carbohydrates.

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