To participate in this study, you must be able to follow diet instructions carefully and eat everything on the menus.
The test diets contain normal foods. Some of the test diets have several servings of dairy products and all participants must be able to consume milk, cheese, and yogurt. They will also contain nuts. The diets contain beef, chicken, pork, and fish, but no shellfish. If you have any dietary restrictions or aversions, please let us know when we discuss the study with you.
We will provide many of the food items you will need to eat in the form of frozen entrees or packaged foods that you will pick up weekly when you come in to meet with the study nutritionist. You will need to purchase additional foods to prepare and consume as instructed.
The foods that you will need to purchase can all be found at any major supermarket. We will give you shopping lists with instructions on what to buy. Most of the foods on the menus require very little preparation. You will have to purchase the foods and we will reimburse you at the end of the study as part of your compensation for participation.
Each diet has a 3-day rotating menu. This means you will follow a different menu each day for 3 days and then the menu will repeat. Everyone will eat all 3 of the test diets, but may eat them in different orders. Between the test diets, you will eat your regularly home diet for 2 weeks. You should eat what you normally eat during your home diet, but you must abstain from consuming alcohol.