University of Calgary

The three-cookie diet!

Submitted by darmstro on Thu, 2012-11-15 15:42.

Nov. 15, 2012

If you’ve ever tried to lose weight you’re likely familiar with the basic formula: eat less, exercise more. A University of Calgary Faculty of Kinesiology researcher is looking for subjects to try a unique dieting strategy by eating three special cookies a day.

“The problem is that we don’t eat nearly enough fibre,” says Raylene Reimer, PhD, RD, a researcher and dietitian with the Faculty of Kinesiology. “As Canadians we eat far too much processed food, but telling people to eat more fibre, to eat more whole foods and exercise more often isn’t an easy sell, so we’re looking at a different approach.”

This new approach is making fibre tasty and including it into the diet through an unexpected source. Reimer is conducting a clinical trial to see if people who make no other changes to their diet, except for eating three high fibre cookies a day, will see measureable health benefits.

“Research has shown that eating more fibre has beneficial effects on blood sugar, inflammation and other health markers,” says Reimer. “We also know that eating more fibre is associated with a lower body mass index, so we’d like to see if something as simple as adding fibre to the diet, easily, with a palatable cookie product might help people improve their health and even lose a bit of weight.”

The biscuits are being manufactured using Alberta grown, yellow pea fibre. While Alberta is a leading producer of beans, peas and lentils, demand for these crops – known as pulses – is weak. Approximately 80% of the pulses grown in the province are exported. This clinical trial could also provide provincial growers with another option to produce food for the local market.

The cookie diet study is asking subjects to eat three biscuits a day, fill out food records and be willing to undertake some health measurements in Kinesiology’s Human Performance Lab. If chosen for the study, individuals will receive valuable personal health information including a diet analysis, body fat analysis by DEXA (the gold standard of body fat analysis,) and blood test information that will provide insight on cholesterol, insulin, glucose and inflammatory markers.

If interested in participating in this research project, individuals are asked to contact the study coordinator at rakilen@ucalgary.ca, or call 403-220-8549.