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Study Overview

Arkansas Children’s Nutrition Center is investigating how swapping sugar sweetened beverages with stevia sweetened beverages impacts weight gain and overall health of children.

Study Eligibility

Healthy 8-12 year old kids 

Study Requirements

This study is going to have 3 groups:

  • Group 1: will consume stevia sweetened beverages
  • Group 2: will consume sugar sweetened beverages
  • Group 3: will consume a flavored drink without sweetener

All groups will consume their respective drinks for 8 or 14 weeks.

How long the children will be in the study depends on their weight:

  • Children who have a BMI less than the 85th percentile (that is, a normal weight) will come for 3 study visits over 8 weeks. 
  • Children with a BMI greater than or equal to the 85th percentile will come for 4 study visits over 14 weeks.

The duration of the visits varies:

  • The first study visit is the longest and may last up to 6 hours.
  • Other visits may last up to 3 or 4 hours.

During the study visit we will:

  • Collect blood samples: around 5 teaspoons
  • Collect stool and urine samples
  • Ask questions about your child’s health, sleep, diet, physical activity, and background.
  • Measure your child’s lean, fat, and bone tissue using a DXA scan
  • Ask your child to wear a fitness and sleep tracker to monitor their physical activity levels and sleep patterns
  • Place a continuous glucose monitor (also known as CMG) to track blood sugar levels over time

Participants will be compensated with $400 or $500 depending on whether they have to come 3 or 4 times. If all trackers (fitness and blood sugar) are returned with complete data, we will provide an
additional bonus.