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UCD Dairy Food Study
This study will examine the effect of cheese form (solid or melted) on blood lipid profiles, and other aspects of metabolic health in a population of people aged 50-69.
Recent studies have demonstrated a beneficial effect of cheese consumption on markers of metabolic health and cardiovascular disease risk. Evidence has also shown that grass-fed cheddar has higher nutrient concentrations compared to grain-fed.
The UCD Institute of Food and Health, along with Food for Health Ireland, is now taking the research further to examine the impact of long-term consumption of melted, and grass-fed cheddar, on cardiometabolic health.
This study will examine the effect of cheese form (solid or melted), and grass-fed vs grain-fed on blood lipid profiles and other aspects of metabolic health in a population of people aged +50 years (>70 years must be vaccinated). This type of research helps us understand more about how dairy fats are processed in the body and may help to inform food intake guidelines in the future.
Following a short screening questionnaire, eligible participants will be asked to proceed with the following:
Initial Visit – 20 minutes at the UCD Volunteer Suites or in your home (body composition measurements, a small finger-prick test, and a blood sample by a qualified nurse).
6-week Diet – dairy samples will be supplied in portioned packs, with instructions on how to consume daily for 6 weeks.
During the 6 weeks – you will keep records of your dietary intake, including calls with a trained nutritionist.
Final Visit – this will be a repeat of your initial visit
Complete the short screening questionnaire below to find out if you are eligible to take part in this study or email firstname.lastname@example.org you have any questions for our research team or would like to request a callback.