UCC researchers are looking for volunteers to take part in a 12-week nutritional study
RESEARCHERS from the School of Food and Nutrition Sciences at University College Cork (UCC) are looking for volunteers to help them conduct research on how to develop dietary guidelines that will help protect health and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
The “My Planet Diet” is a 12-week nutritional study that offers participants the opportunity to improve their health while following a planet-friendly diet.
The study will also examine whether these guidelines can provide people with the sufficient nutrients they need, compared to a healthy diet that does not consider environmental impact.
Researchers are looking for healthy adults aged 18 to 64 who eat meat almost daily to participate in the 12-week study with benefits such as feedback on their current diet and personalized nutritional advice. a qualified nutritionist. They will also receive custom resources and recipes along the way.
Professor Mairead Kiely, director of the School of Food and Nutrition Sciences, UCC, and principal investigator of the study said:
“This study will allow us to create healthier food for people and healthier for the planet,” she added.
To help inform the study, researchers will collect information about participants’ food intake, analyze nutrient levels in their urine and blood, and take measurements such as weight, height, and blood pressure.
The study is funded by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Navy. The information gathered will be used to inform policy makers and support the development of sustainable dietary guidelines.
This study is a collaboration between University College Cork, University College Dublin and Queen’s University Belfast and is part of an island-wide project on healthy and sustainable diets, funded by the Department of Health. Agriculture, Food and Marine and DAERA in Northern Ireland. and led by Teagasc Ashtown.
More information is available by emailing study researcher Ursula Leonard: [email protected]