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Purpose
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
• Diabetes
• 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

Residency
None

Can I work?
Yes

Stipend
Payments of up to $600 with completion of the study, given in a step-wise manner over the course of 12 months