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Dr. Andrea Y. Arikawa, associate professor in the Department of Nutrition and Dietetics, and Melissa Baron, instructor and doctoral student at the University of North Florida, are conducting research investigating the effects of fermented vegetables on the microbiome and heart health. Although previous data support a connection between the gut microflora and cardiovascular disease, it is not clear whether consumption of fermented vegetables can prevent cardiovascular disease by modulation of the gut microflora.
The research questions we aim to answer are: 1) Can consumption of 100 g/day of fermented vegetables for 8 weeks decrease inflammation and other biomarkers of cardiovascular disease in adults? 2) Can consumption of 100 g/day of fermented vegetables for 8 weeks change the profile of the gut bacteria in adults? This is a randomized controlled trial in which participants will be randomized into one of two groups: a fermented vegetable group and a control group.
During this 8-week study participants may be asked to:
* Consume fermented vegetables like sauerkraut and provide samples of blood and stool
* Vegetables will be given free of charge
* $120 in gift cards will be provided