Protein for Kids Study

Parents! We Are Looking For Children Who Are Willing to Participate in a Nutrition Research Study

We want to learn how a new nutritious food product will affect metabolism and cardiovascular health in children.

This vegetarian food product provides protein from pea, and is fortified with vitamins and minerals. We are encouraging that children replace their typical snack with this food.

To see if your child qualifies for the study, your child must be willing to:

  • Eat about half a cup of this food product every day for 4 weeks.
  • Provide 2 blood and urine samples that are 4 weeks apart
  • Have us measure blood flow in their fingertip using a special finger probe


We are also seeking children who in addition to the above are willing to provide 2 stool and saliva samples (this is optional and not required for study participation).

We will also provide your child with nutrition education, and will ask them to wear a personal physical activity monitor every day during waking hours.

Parents or guardians must be willing to bring their children to UC Davis campus in Davis for 3 study visits each lasting about 2-3 hours.

You and your child together will receive up to $250 for all required procedures and up to $390 if you and your child elect to participate in the stool and saliva collections.

If your child is 9- 13 years old, please call the Keen Lab at (530) 752-2915 to see if your child qualifies. We will ask you questions about your child’s overall health.  Our you can use the online form to contact a study coordinator.