Hi Andrew and mambaa2,
[quote:e3151f601e]As far as calcium turning a switch that helps you burn fat faster - I vaguely remember the study but it would be handy if you had a link to it (or the scientific footnote) so I could give you a more informed opinion. It sounds like a flawed hypothesis. [/quote:e3151f601e]
Here's a study regarding calcium and fat loss:
In addition to calcium, milk also contains CLA, which is attributed to reducing fat and preserving muscle tissue.
I hope that helps. Personally I agree with you Andrew that milk contains undesirable fat. However, from what I've read, grass-fed raw whole milk (when available) has a more desirable fat - similiar to wild game.
Hopefully that helps,