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The Power of Peas

Manitoba crop has incredible nutritional value

Dr. Blewett stopped by The Health Report on 680 CJOB to chat about one of Manitoba’s powerhouse crops – peas – with hosts Greg Mackling, Vince Barletta, St. Boniface Hospital Foundation’s President & CEO, and Kris Gladwell, St. Boniface Hospital’s Vice President, Development.

Dr. Blewett works at the Albrechtsen Research Centre at St. Boniface Hospital. Her research at the Canadian Centre for Agri-Food Research in Health and Medicine (CCARM) focuses on the effect of Canadian food products on immune systems, as well as on substantiating food health claims through clinical trials.

Right now, Dr. Blewett is looking into the power of peas through two clinical trials, and is looking for volunteer participants for the following studies:

Volunteers needed for food study testing the effect of peas on appetite and blood sugar levels after a meal. 

We are looking for healthy non-smokers aged 18-40 who are not taking medication or supplements that affect blood pressure/lipids, blood sugar, or digestion.

You will be asked to attend a total of 4 clinic visits @ IH Asper Institute (arrival time between 7:30 a.m. and 10:00 a.m.). At each visit, you will eat muffins or chili with or without peas. After eating the muffins or chili, you will be asked to stay for 3 hours to provide blood and urine samples, and complete questionnaires about your appetite. The visit will end with a pizza lunch. An honorarium will be provided.

Volunteers needed for food study testing the effect of peas on blood sugar levels after a meal. 

We are looking for healthy non-smokers aged 18-40 who are not taking medication or supplements that affect blood pressure/lipids, blood sugar, or digestion.

You will be asked to attend a total of 3 clinic visits @ IH Asper Institute (arrival time between 7:30 a.m. and 10:00 a.m.). At each visit, you will eat soup with or without peas. After eating the soup, you will be asked to stay for 2 hours to provide blood samples and complete questionnaires about your appetite and the food you ate. An honorarium will be provided.

If you are interested in participating in either of these trials, or if you would like more information, please call 204-258-1318 or email peas@sbrc.ca.

The Foundation is proud to support the life-changing work of researchers at CCARM! It is thanks to donors like you that researchers can continue exploring the benefits of locally grown food, and combating disease by reducing prevalence and severity.

Thanks to Dr. Blewett for giving us another dose of good health on The Health Report.

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