BATON ROUGE - Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge is always working on some way to improve your diet. Their latest is known as the 'STARCH Study'.
The goal of the clinical trial is to determine the effect of slowly digesting starch on gut bacteria, sugar and fat metabolism, hunger hormones and body fat in people with pre-diabetes. Participants eat two servings of blueberry yogurt each day, while researchers measure changes to bacteria levels in the large intestine.
Those who've participated say it works.
"I was pre-diabetic, so I wanted to take precautions before anything else happened in my life that would trigger the diabetes part," Pamela Jolivette told News 2. "I was trying to be proactive."
Changes to the bacteria naturally found in your stomach improves insulin sensitivity, cholesterol levels and appetite.
Visit the Pennington Biomedical Research Center website for more information about the STARCH Study and other clinical trials.
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