Apple Study - Participants Needed

Posted on Monday, June 12th, 2017

Written by William A

Apple Study

Can three apples per day keep obesity-related chronic diseases away? To find out, an interdepartmental research team lead by Drs. Lindsay Robinson and Amanda Wright (HHNS), and in partnership with the Ontario Apple Growers and OMAFRA, is conducting the Apple Study! The Apple Study is recruiting obese adults with increased blood triglyceride levels and current/past use of acetaminophen-containing products (e.g. Tylenol) to assess the effects of eating three Ontario-grown Gala apples on additional risk factors for chronic metabolic diseases, such as type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Participant recruitment will continue into late 2017 / early 2018. Specifically, participants will be asked to eat 3 apples in one sitting, or every day for 6 weeks to assess the short-term and long-term effects of apples on dietary fat digestion and absorption, blood sugar and insulin levels, inflammatory mediator production, and the gut microbiota profile. Whole apples (with the peel) are rich in soluble fibre and polyphenols; bioactives that likely account for their health benefits. However, the research team realizes that consumers actually have to buy and eat apples to reap the rewards, so they will later investigate strategies to effectively communicate apple health benefits and increase long-term apple purchase and consumption in Ontario.


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