The study's goal is to improve the MREs for all military personnel by evaluating how the food affects the microbes living in people's guts. And as the release goes on to detail, the real struggle is finding people who are willing to eat MREs for three weeks without dropping out -- which led the organization to even produce a cookbook that uses all MRE foods to entice participants (and soldiers) into eating the MREs.
Per the study's requirements, eligible participants must:
- Be 18-62 years old.
- Be willing to eat and drink only MRE items for 21 consecutive days.
- Not be trying to lose weight.
- Be willing to give blood, urine and fecal samples.
- Not have a history of gastrointestinal problems.
- Meet additional screening criteria.
As a volunteer, you'll either eat your normal diet for 31 days as part of a control group, or the MREs for 21 days, plus your normal diet for 10 days. Oh, and of course, you need to be able to come to the organization's lab in Natick, MA for about 3 hours at a time on four separate occasions, and 30-60 minutes, three days a week, during the study.
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