SWAP-MEAT: Study With Appetizing Plant Food - Meat Eating Alternatives Trial

We want to know… 

This study aims to investigate the impact of replacing meat consumption with plant-based meat alternative consumption on cardiovascular health, the gut microbiome, and metabolic status.

Eligible Participants

Eligible participants are:

  • 18 years or older
  • Consuming meat (beef, pork, chicken) at least once a day on average
  • Willing to consume meat and plant-based meat alternatives at least two times a day on average

Study Design

If eligible, participants were asked to:

  • Attend 7 clinic visits over a 16-week period (30 minutes each).
  • Maintain dietary food records throughout the study.
  • Provide blood, stool, and urine samples, and complete questionnaires.
  • Maintain a diet full of traditional meat products for 8 weeks and plant-based meat alternatives for 8 weeks.

 

Participants who complete the study received the following free of charge: 

  • An average of 14 servings a week of traditional meat products for 8 weeks
  • An average of 14 servings a week of plant-based meat alternatives for 8 weeks
  • Results of their blood analyses
  • A “map” of their microbiota composition

How to Participate

Enrollment is now closed.

If you have questions, please contact the study coordinator, Christina Petlura at cpetlura@stanford.edu,  or by phone at 650-724-8310.

Stanford Prevention Research Center

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