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Nut consumption, cholesterol study participants sought

Participants are being sought for a research study that will help investigate the impact of nut consumption on cholesterol profiles. Subjects  who complete the study will earn $70-$145, depending on treatment groups.

The foods and nutrition department seeks men and women ages 30-75 years with high cholesterol levels or a “bigger build.” Subjects must not take cholesterol-lowering medications, thyroid medications or exercise more than three hours per week. Subjects also must not have diabetes or food allergies/intolerances to pecans, gluten, dairy or meat. Subjects must not habitually eat tree nuts more than twice per week.

This study requires an eight-week commitment and four testing visits. Four visits require blood draws.

In addition to monetary compensation, participants also will learn their body weight, blood pressure, body fat percentage, metabolic rate (estimated calorie needs) and cholesterol levels.

Participants may refuse or cease their participation at any time during the study.

Those interested in finding out if they qualify for the study or who want to request more information should contact Liana Rodrigues by phone at 423-596-7708 or via email at