Cancer Prevention Program
The foods most eaten are called the "dietary pattern" of a culture or country. The dietary patterns of Mexico and the United States are different. We are interested in seeing if they have different effects on the body.
We provide participants all their food during two menu periods. Each menu period is 3 1/2 weeks long. One menu is based on traditional foods of Mexico and the other on food popular today in the United States. We will measure the effects of each dietary pattern by analyzing blood and urine samples collected at the beginning and end of the menu periods. Each participant will eat both menus to help account for the possible effects of the person's genes (what is inherited from parents).
COMIDAS is part of a larger project about the health of Latinas in the United States. Fifty women will take part in COMIDAS.