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Tofu Study

Cork Clinic

In this study we are looking at the effects on gut health by replacing red/processed meat based meals with tofu. 

This study is now closed but we may have similar studies in the future. In the meantime, explore our current studies that may be interest you.  

Block of tofu cure into cubes on wooden chopping board
Tofu made from soybeans on white plate

Study Background

This study is investigating the effects of tofu, a soya product as a replacement for red/processed meats.

It has been well established that eating a diet rich in red meat promotes the growth of gut microbes that drive inflammation. Plant protein does not have these associations, and it is often accompanied by fibre ingestion, which favours the growth of health-promoting gut microbes. Replacing meat with plant protein offers the prospect of improving health by improving the gut microbiome.

List of Red & Processed Meats
  • Beef: roast, steak, mince, stew or casserole
  • Beefburgers
  • Pork: roast, chops, stew or slices
  • Lamb/Mutton: roast, chops or stew
  • Luncheon meat: chicken, turkey
  • Bacon 
  • Ham 
  • Salami 
  • Corned beef, Spam, luncheon meats 
  • Sausages
  • Savoury pies, eg. Meat pie, pork pie, pasties, steak & kidney pie, sausage rolls
  • Liver, liver pate, liver sausage
  • Veal
  • Venison 

Who is Eligible?

All our studies have eligibility criteria which is dependent on the type of study, the health area and the population.

  • Adults aged 18-55
  • BMI between 18.6-31.9
  • A diet with high consumption of red/processed meat

What's Involved In Participating



Consume tofu product daily as a meal replacement for one of your portions of meat. You will be provided the tofu for these meals.



Attend 5 onsite visits to our clinic in Blackpool, Cork & 1 phone call visit over 13 weeks.

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Blood, urine & stool samples are required as part of this study.


Your First Steps: Pre-screening Process

Spot a study that piques your interest and apply directly online— helping us to understand how you might fit into our groundbreaking research efforts.

Step 1: Online Introduction

Your journey begins by filling out an online form to help us understand your eligibility. It's quick, easy, and your first step toward making a real impact.

Step 2: Phone Conversation

Our friendly Recruitment Officers will contact you for a deeper dive into your eligibility and to discuss the study details. This step is all about ensuring a match that feels right for you & that you are a match for the study. Feel free to ask any burning questions during the call; our Team is happy to help.

Step 3: Schedule On-Site Visit

If you're a match for the study, our team will reach out to you schedule an onsite visit where we'll do a final screening

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Cork Ireland

 +353 21 4307442

   First Floor, Heron House, Blackpool Retail Park, Cork, T23R50R