The Sun Study - Auckland University

Owner Alexis is a degree qualified nutritionist and midwife who is passionate about infant nutrition. She was contacted recently by one of her colleagues, Robyn Lawrence PhD | NZRD, about the new SUN Study being undertaken through Auckland University. Having participated in the Veggies first study herself when little dude was 6 months old, she wanted to reach out and let others know about this great opportunity.

What is the SUN Study?

The SUN Study is a randomised controlled trial looking at nourishing the infant microbiome and supporting immune health through a prebiotic first food, in conjunction with their weaning diet.

What will I need to do?

300 babies and their mothers will be recruited before solid food has been introduced. Usually this is between four and six months old. Infants will be randomised to receive a standard kūmara powder, another group will receive the kūmara powder with an increased amount of resistant starch (prebiotic) from banana, and a third group will be the control group.

Where do I need to go?

The trial is open to those living in Auckland, NZ. Clinics are held at the University of Auckland in Grafton, Auckland. The SUN Study is a randomised controlled trial looking at nourishing the infant microbiome and supporting immune health through a prebiotic first food, in conjunction with their weaning diet.

When does my baby need to be 6 months old by?

Recruitment is open until the mid 2023. Study participation takes only 4 months, with three clinic visits during that time.

Want to know more?

Jump online to The SUN Study and scroll down to find out more and sign up! Signing up only takes a few minutes and it's a great way to participate in ground breaking research, whilst receiving additional healthy foods to kick start your baby's solids journey.

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