The purpose of this study is to determine whether consuming dried fruit favorably affects acid-base balance. Participants will be randomly divided into one of two groups. One group will receive 100 grams (2/3 of a cup) of dried fruit (figs, raisins, apricots, and/or pineapple). The second group will receive no dried fruit.
Target Population Men and women ages 50 and older
Major Exclusions • BMI outside the range of 18.5-29.9 g/cm2 • Osteoporosis or osteoporosis medication within the last 2 years
• Problems with swallowing, digestion, celiac disease, or inflammatory bowel disease
• Estrogen or testosterone
• Regular use of antacids
Length of Study 1 year
Number of Visits • 1 screening visit for blood draw and bone density scans of the spine and hip
• 1 enroll visit for signing consent and receiving group assignment
• 5 study visits for measuring height and weight, additional blood draws, additional bone density scans, performing muscle strength and balance tests, reporting dietary recalls, returning 24 hour urine collections, and picking up dried fruit samples
Can I work?
Payments of up to $600 with completion of the study, given in a step-wise manner over the course of 12 months