Metabolic Kitchen & Human Feeding Lab
Dustin J. Burnett, MS, RD
Principal Dietitian, Supervisor
Office: 430 West Health Sciences Drive
University of California
Davis, CA 95616
Phone: (530) 754-5844
Mission: We support the Western Human Nutrition Research Center (WHNRC) scientists in their efforts to improve the health of all Americans by providing efficient and effective food production resources that are needed to conduct well-controlled human feeding trials and behavioral counseling studies.
Vision: The Metabolic Kitchen and Human Feeding Lab (MK&HFL) is an indispensable research support service with the skills to deliver safe, palatable, and effective foods that meet nutritional specifications of human feeding trials.
Overview: The MK&HFL is a core support service at the WHNRC. Together with lead scientists, the MK&HFL staff design, produce, deliver, and monitor well-controlled feeding and behavioral counseling studies.
Well-Controlled Feeding Studies: In well-controlled feeding studies, participants are expected to eat and drink only the nutrient-controlled vectors, i.e., foods and/or beverages that are accurately and precisely produced in the Metabolic Kitchen. Some studies incorporate buffets to observe the foods eaten when participants are presented with a variety of options. Well-controlled feeding studies enable scientists to determine the true biological effects of dietary interventions on a wide range of risk factors for chronic disease (Most et al, 2003). pub
Behavioral Counseling Studies: In behavioral counseling studies, participants are expected to self-select foods using dietary counseling and established guidelines. Behavioral counseling studies enable scientists to understand the efficacy of dietary education in a “free living” environment. (Most et al, 2003)
Most, Marlene, et al. An overview of methodologies, proficiencies, and training resources for controlled feeding studies. JAmDietAssoc. 2003; 103:729-735. pub