(NEWSER) – Uncle Sam wants YOU, but this time it's the US Army Institute of Environmental Medicine looking to improve its Meals, Ready to Eat (MREs)—not to tweak the taste, but rather to improve its impact on gut health. And they're willing to pay the 60 or so participants they find, who must be 18 to 62 and generally healthy, $200 for their suffering, the US Army reports.
They'll ultimately allow half the volunteers to eat their normal diet for a month as part of the control group, while the other half will consume nothing but water, black coffee, and MREs for three weeks (that's right, no alcohol) and resume their normal diet for the final week. Participants will need to live close enough to the lab in Natick, Mass., to visit multiple times and provide blood, urine, and fecal samples.
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