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5 Plus Nuts & Beans for Kidneys (2016-2021)

African Americans with hypertension have high chances of complications, including kidney disease. People with high blood pressure often have low levels of key nutrients as a result of eating few fresh fruits and vegetables. Research studies suggest that these nutrients can lower blood pressure and protect the kidneys, however it is often hard for people living in low-income urban environments to eat healthy meals that are high in fruits and vegetables and low in fats and processed foods, even when they want to. 

Why Is This Research Important? 

Five Plus Nuts and Beans for Kidneys is being done to find out how eating meals rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, beans, and lean meats can lower blood pressure and protect the kidneys. Building upon the pilot study Five Plus Nuts and Beans, this study tests whether dietary advice from a study coach plus $30 per week worth of healthful foods will reduce urinary albumin excretion among low-income African Americans with hypertension and early chronic kidney disease. Reduction in blood pressure will also be examined. Results will help us inform and advocate for changes in health and social policy.

Who Is Involved?

In this study, we have partnered with Klein’s ShopRite stores of Maryland (a local grocer) and Sisters Together and Reaching (S.T.A.R.), a 501(c) 3, nonprofit, federally recognized, community-based/faith-based organization in Baltimore City, as the site for food delivery. A 12-month study, participants will either receive $30 worth of groceries or receive a $30 gift card to ShopRite, weekly, for the first four months of the study. 

Project Support 

  • Five Plus Nuts and Beans for Kidneys is funded by the National Institute for Minority Health and Health Disparities.

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