It depends on individual constitution & your background. Many studies show that dairy consumed by adults can't be completely digested & creates mucus (sorry for being too graphic)
Some people are just lactose intolerant & can't digest it at all.
On the other hand, it is a main source of calcium & delish. I try to use only organic products, and go easy on a cheese. Don't think i could ever give up dairy, i it! As far as losing weight goes, diets like Atkins & South Beach allow it, because dairy products are low in carbs. If you eat yogurt go for Stonyfield Farm low-fat version, it's natural & tastes great. Instead of butter use "I Can't Believe it's Not butter" or "Slim Cow" brand if it's available where you live. And skim mozzarella & skim ricotta are safe bets as well.
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Originally posted by tealady@Nov 28th, 2003 - 5:52 pm <!--QuoteBegin-P.Amber
@Nov 28th, 2003 - 4:44 pm grrrrrr honey
<----is a total Wisconsin Cheese Head
That means you probably enjoy cheese curds -- the real ones that sqeak when you eat them!!!
The small town I grew up in had this tiny cheese factory in it. And you could get fresh cheese curds every day. [/b][/quote]
Ha! :P I knew it. Nothing like those Wisconsin cheese curds to really set you free! I grew up in Illinois so I'm familiar with this delicacy.
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Most experts say that calcium is key in effective weightloss. But everybody's right, calcium has different effects for everybody.
Personally, I eat a lot of dairy. Mozzerella cheese, skim cottage cheese, fat free cream cheese, fat free yogurt, etc.
They say studies have proved that calcium in dairy foods are most effective in getting rid of abdobinal fat. So if you've got tummy fat you need to get rid of, I believe the percentage was 23% more you'll get rid of if you have a certain amount of dairy daily.