Volunteers needed for study on how yogurt affects intestinal health

The UW-Madison Department of Food Science is inviting healthy, overweight volunteers to take part in a research study. The purpose of this study is to find out how yogurt affects intestinal health. Participants will be asked to visit the study center at Babcock Hall in Madison, WI, for 5 visits over a period of 11 weeks. You will be asked to have blood pressure measurements taken, provide blood samples, avoid particular probiotic foods, and keep track of your diet twice.

To qualify for this study you must be the following:

  • Premenopausal woman
  • Have a Body Mass Index (BMI) between 30 and 40 (If you are unsure of your BMI, ease go to
  • Healthy, without cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer, arthritis
  • 21 to 55 years old
  • Willing to eat 12 oz of yogurt or soy pudding daily for 9 weeks
  • Willing to consume a high-calorie breakfast and have blood samples taken hourly for 4 hours at 2 visits
  • Visit the study center weekly to pick up yogurt or pudding

Participants will receive up to $300 for completing the study.

To learn more about this study, contact Dr. Bradley Bolling at or 608-618-1077. This research is conducted under the direction of Dr. Bradley Bolling in the UW Department of Food Science. This research study was approved by the UW-Madison IRB, protocol 2014-0669.