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Metabolic kitchens: The science behind food labels

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Posted: Aug 5, 2014 1:53 PM by Hunter Robinson
Updated: Aug 5, 2014 1:54 PM
Source: WBRZ

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BATON ROUGE - Metabolic kitchens help researchers get the information on food labels as precise as possible.

We got an inside look at Pennington Biomedical Research Center's metabolic kitchen today on New 2 at Noon. It's one of the biggest in the country, cooking up more than 200 meals a day.

Scientists measure out everything to the tenth of the gram because it's vital that everything be exact. The studies map out every detail of the meals so that they can be tailed to each participant every morning. Scientists say the metabolic kitchen is key to their research: Finding ways to allow people to live longer, healthier lives.

"For each individual person the meal is designed to fit the calorie level and to fit the macronutrient content to the amount of protein, fat and carbohydrate that's needed into the meal so you may actually have a partial piece of a muffin to consume so it's all weighed out to a tenth of a gram," she says.

Pennington Biomedical Research Center is currently looking for volunteers for any of their 19 open studies on nutrition. If you're interested, call (225)763-3000 or visit Pennington's website.

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