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The Effect of Habitual Consumption of Anthocyanin-Rich Foodstuffs on Cardiovascular Health in At-Risk Individuals

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Title: The Effect of Habitual Consumption of Anthocyanin-Rich Foodstuffs on Cardiovascular Health in At-Risk Individuals
Author: Mannan, Saqibul
Department: Department of Human Health and Nutritional Sciences
Program: Human Health and Nutritional Sciences
Advisor: Meckling, Kelly
Abstract: This thesis is an investigation of the ability of anthocyanin-rich purple carrots to attenuate cardiovascular disease risk factors through dietary intervention. By targeting foods that are already popular staples in the North American diet, purple carrots provide a realistic method of incorporating prevention or therapy into the average person’s daily food intake. In the present research, 18 participants were screened for CVD risk and randomly assigned to either the Purple Carrot Group or Orange Carrot group. For the duration of the 12 week study period, participants had consumed 100g of their assigned color carrot, 2x /day for a total of 200g/d. Measurements were taken to assess various CVD risk factors at time points Week 0, 6, and 12. In conclusion, the findings suggest that habitual consumption of anthocyanin-rich purple carrots may improve serum triglyceride levels, and systolic and diastolic blood pressure in individuals at risk for cardiovascular disease.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10214/8731
Date: 2015-02
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