Metabolic Effects of Sugar/Aspartame Study (MESA Study)

Welcome to the UC Davis Nutrition Department MESA Study site. Information about the Metabolic Effects of Sugar/Aspartame Study is given below.

People are consuming a lot of sugar.

Scientists at the University of California, Davis are conducting a research study to determine the effects that drinking sweetened beverages with provided study meals each day has on a person's metabolism.

We need healthy men and women, ages 18-40, who:

  • Are willing to consume the breakfast, lunch, and dinner provided by the study staff each day for approximately 42 days.
  • Are willing to drink 3 sweetened beverages per day for approximately 56 days along with the provided study meals.
  • Are non-smokers and not taking thyroid, lipid-lowering, diabetes, depression or blood pressure medications.
  • Are willing to spend two sessions (6 hours each) at the Ragle Research Facility at the UC Davis days or 30 hours each) at the Touro University Translational Clinic campus, and two sessions (1 1/4 days in Vallejo, CA (transportation provided by staff)
  • Have extra time to devote to helping us answer this important question.

Participation in this study requires a significant time commitment:

  • The entire study lasts approximately 70 days.
  • You will need to spend time at our research facilities:
    • Ragle Research Facility at the UC Davis campus located in Davis, CA.
      • For 6 hours at the beginning of the study
      • For 6 hours at the middle of the study
    • Touro University Translational Clinic (TUTC) in Vallejo, CA (transport provided by staff).
      • For 1 1/4 days (30 hours) during the 2nd week of the study
      • For 1 1/4 days (30 hours) during the 6th week of the study
  • You will be compensated approximately $1,170 for completing the study. There will be no compensation for participation in screening or consenting procedures.

Forms

For more information: call (916) 296-2100 or use the online form to contact study coordinator.