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Britt M. Burton-Freeman

Britt M. Burton-Freeman

  • Associate Researcher, Department of Nutrition

3150F Meyer

(530) 752-0133



  • Ph.D., Nutrition, University of California, Davis, Davis, California
  • M.S., Nutrition, University of California, Davis, Davis, California
  • B.S., Dietetics; Minor, Chemistry, California State University, Chico, Chico, California

Research Interests

Dr. Burton-Freeman’s research follows two main themes: 1) Appetite and obesity management and, 2) Vascular disease. Research emphasizes the effects of bioactive food components on mechanistic and behavioral processes of food intake and body weight regulation. Properties of fibers, micro- and macro- molecule interactions, and food matrix effects in the gut to alter metabolic and endocrine systems are a primary focus. Effects of dietary constituents on vascular disease include evaluation of endothelium function, platelet activation, and inflammatory and oxidative stress responses during acute and chronic interventions. The research approach includes human and basic science methodology.

Selected Publications

  • Edirisinghe I, Banaszewski K, Cappozzo J, McCarthy D, Burton-Freeman BM. Effect of Blackcurrant Anthocyanins on the Activation of eNOS in-vitro in Human Endothelial Cells. J Agric Food Chem. 2011 Aug 24;59(16):8616-24.
  • Edirisinghe I, Banaszewski K, Cappozzo J, Sandhya K, Ellis CL, Tadapaneni R, Kappagoda CT, Burton-Freeman BM. Strawberry anthocyanin and its association with postprandial inflammation and insulin. Br J Nutr. 2011;Sep;106(6):913-22.
  • Ellis CL, Edirisinghe I, Kappagoda T, Burton-Freeman, B. Attenuation of meal-induced inflammatory and thrombotic responses in overweight men and women after 6-week daily strawberry (Fragaria) intake: A randomized placebo-controlled trial.  J Atheroscler Thromb. 2011;Apr 27;18(4):318-27.
  • Burton-Freeman B. and Reimers K. Tomato Consumption and Health: Emerging Benefits. Am J Lifestyle Medicine. 2010 Nov 19, doi:10.1177/1559827610387488
  • Burton-Freeman B, Edirisinghe I, Cappozzo J, Banaszewski K, Cao Y, Giordano R, Kappagoda T, Kris-Etherton P. Processed tomato products and risk factors for chronic disease. Acta Hortic. In Press
  • Burton-Freeman B. Postprandial metabolic events and fruit derived phenolics: A review of the science. Br. J. Nutr. 2010 Oct;104 Suppl 3:S1-14. Review
  • Burton-Freeman B, Linares A, Hyson D, Kappagoda CT. Strawberry modulates LDL oxidation and postprandial lipemia in response to high fat meal in overweight hyperlipidemic men and women. J Am Coll Nutr. 2010 29(1):46-54.
  • Lewis K and Burton-Freeman B. The role of innovation and technology in meeting individual nutritional needs. J. Nutr. 2010 Feb;140(2):426S-36S
  • Burton-Freeman B.  Health Promoting Foods: Researching the processed tomato. Acta Horticulturae (ISHS) 2009 823:165-168.
  • Burton-Freeman B and Keim, N. Glycemic index, cholecystokinin (CCK), satiety and disinhibition: Is there an unappreciated paradox for overweight women?  Int J Obes (Lond). 2008 Nov;32(11):1647-54.
  • Jenkins DA, Nguyen T, Kendall CWC, Faulkner DA, Bashyam B,  Kim IJ, Ireland C, Patel D, Vidgen E, Josse AR, Sesso HD, Burton-Freeman B, Josse RG, Leiter LA, Singer W. The Effect of Strawberries in a Cholesterol-Lowering Dietary Portfolio. Metabolism 2008 57 (12): 1636-1644.
  • Edirisinghe I,  Burton-Freeman B, Kappagoda, C. Effect of strawberry extract on endothelium dependent relaxation. J Agric Food Chem. 2008 Oct 22;56(20):9383-90
  • Edirisinghe I, Burton-Freeman B, Kappagoda T. The mechanism of the endothelium dependent relaxation evoked by a grape seed extract. Clin Sci (Lond). 2008 Feb;114(4):331-7.
  • Burton-Freeman B. Glycomacropeptide (GMP) is not critical to whey-induced satiety, but may have a unique role in energy regulation through cholecystokinin (CCK). Physiology and Behavior. 2008 Jan 28;93(1-2):379-87.
  • Burton-Freeman B. Sex and cognitive dietary restraint influence cholecystokinin release and satiety in response to preloads varying in fatty acid composition and content. J. Nutr. 135(6): 1407-1414. 2005.
  • Burton-Freeman B, Davis P, Schneeman B. The interaction of fat availability and sex in mixed-food meals on postprandial satiety. Am. J. Clin. Nutr. 80(5): 1207-1215. 2004.
  • Schneeman B, Burton-Freeman B, Davis P. Incorporating dairy foods into low and high fat diets increases postprandial cholecystokinin response in men and women J. Nutr. 133(12): 4124-4128. 2003.
  • Burton-Freeman B, Davis P, Schneeman B. Plasma Cholecystokinin is associated with subjective measures of satiety in women. Am. J. Clin. Nutr. 76 (3): 659-667. 2002.
  • Burton-Freeman B. Dietary Fiber and Energy Regulation. J. Nutr. 130: 272s-275s. 2000.
  • Burton-Freeman B, Gietzen D, Schneeman B. The role of cholecystokinin (CCK) and serotonin (5-HT3) receptors in the regulation of fat-induced satiety. Am. J. Physiol. 276: R429-R434. 1999.
  • Burton-Freeman B, Gietzen D, Schneeman B. Meal pattern analysis to investigate the satiating potential of fat, carbohydrate and protein infused into the duodenum of real feeding rats. Am. J. Physiol. 273: R1916-1922. 1997.
  • Burton-Freeman B, Schneeman B.  Lipid infused into the duodenum of rats at varying rates influences food intake and body weight gain. J. Nutr. 126: 2934-2939, 1996.