Volunteers needed: Metabolic health benefits of breads study

We are looking for healthy individuals living in Adelaide to participate in a study investigating the metabolic health benefits of breads made with a new wheat variety containing higher amounts of amylose, a type of starch with potential to provide increased amounts of resistant starch in processed foods.


CSIRO is working to develop foods with nutritional and health benefits, including foods which have a low glycemic index (GI). Foods that provoke only a mild increase in blood sugar when eaten are classed as low glycemic index foods and are believed to be of benefit in preventing and managing increasingly important health problems such as type II diabetes and obesity.

A novel wheat starch, high in amylose (a type of starch) has been developed which is capable of providing increased levels of resistant starch, a new type of fibre which has been effective in helping people achieve healthier blood sugar and insulin levels.

About this study

The aim of this study is to generate evidence that the consumption of bread made with high amylose wheat starch improves glucose control in comparison to the response following consumption of a conventional bread.

You would be required to attend the CSIRO Nutrition and Health Research Clinic at SAHMRI, North Terrace once a week for seven weeks in the morning. You will be asked to eat a slice of bread or drink a glucose drink and have blood samples collected for three hours. You will also complete a questionnaire throughout the morning. At the completion of each clinic visit, light refreshments will be available to eat before departing the clinic.

On completion of the study, participants will receive a Coles/Myer gift card valued at $500 to acknowledge their valuable contribution to scientific research.

Study criteria

You will need to meet the following criteria to participate in this study:

  • aged 18-65 years
  • a non-smoker
  • not diagnosed with diabetes, any gastrointestinal, renal or hepatic diseases
  • not taking any medications known to influence glucose tolerance (oral contraceptives are excepted)
  • available to visit the CSIRO clinic on seven separate occasions for up to four hours in the morning in October and November 2016

Participate in this study

If you are interested in participating in this study, please complete the online registration form and select "Metabolic Health Benefits of Breads (age 18-65)" in the drop down field. 

If you have any queries about this study or would like further information please call 8305 0615 or email CRUstudies@csiro.au.

This study has been approved by the CSIRO Health and Medical Research Human Research Ethics Committee.


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