March 31, 2013 · 10:00 AM
This is a little bit outside of the usual scope of our meetup group, but I agreed to post this for Giselle. This is a great and unique opportunity to be a part of research that extends the current body of knowledge within the nutrition and health promotion field. Giselle was kind enough to forward me her ASU Institutional Research Board (IRB) that approves her research. Unfortunately, I am not able to make attachments here. Please contact Giselle directly (her contact information is below) if you are interested in participating in her study and obtaining the specifics with respect to her study.
Below is a copy of her advertising information for the study. Giselle hopes to conclude her research by April 2013, so please, if you are interested, please contact her.
ASU cactus pads study
Researchers at School of Nutrition & Heath Promotion want to learn about the effects of cactus pads (nopales) and cucumber intake on cholesterol levels. This research study is for adults with slightly high cholesterol
Would the study be a good fit for me? Are you:
- 18-70 years old
- Live and work in Phoenix metropolitan area
- Do not have diabetes or heart disease
What would happen if I took part in the study? You would
- Eat 2 cups/day of nopales or 2 cups/day of cucumbers for 16 days.
- After 2 to 3 weeks of no intervention, you will receive the alternative treatment for an additional 16 days.
- Anthropometrics, blood pressure and blood samples will be collected before and after each dietary intervention
Participants will receive the test foods, test results, and up to $100 in incentives, one set of ear phones and one pen drive to thank them for their time.
Individuals willing to attend a preliminary screening visit to verify moderately high cholesterol levels, willing to follow the protocol for 7 weeks, and willing to have blood taken on eight occasions may be eligible to participate.
Those interested should complete the online survey:
or contact at (602)[masked]
Giselle Pignotti, MS
Doctoral Candidate & Teaching Assistant
School of Nutrition and Health Promotion
Arizona State University