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Cupcake 'orgy' awaits Uppsala students

Geoff Mortimore · 12 Aug 2011, 14:56

Published: 12 Aug 2011 14:56 GMT+02:00

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Fredrik Rosqvist, a PhD-student specialising in fatty acids and metabolism, will spend hours each day preparing 8,000 cupcakes and monitoring the medical conditions of the subjects in a before-and-after study.

"The idea is that different kinds of fat have different effects on the human body,”Rosqvist told Sveriges Radio (SR).

The 40 volunteers who have stepped up to act as guinea pigs for the project were not difficult to persuade, according to Rosqvist.

Those taking part in the study, which will begin in September, must all be between the ages of 20 and 35 and have a BMI (Body Mass Index) between 20 and 27, which is considered normal.

Rosqvist expects the people taking part in the study to live their lives normally, but with the addition of several cupcakes each day, adding that his target is to see his subjects increase their weight by about 3% over the six-week period.

“We will start with four cupcakes a day, but if some put on weight more easily than others, maybe we will decrease the intake to two for them,” he added.

To be sure that the cupcakes are of the correct and uniform mixture though, Rosqvist has to bake them all himself.

To get an idea of the job awaiting him, the ingredients for 8,000 cupcakes include 130 kilos of flour, 105 kilos of sugar, 105 kilos of oil, 50 kilos of eggs and 25 kilos of milk powder.

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“It will be a long time before I bake another cupcake for myself” he said to SR.

Geoff Mortimore (mortimore.geoff@gmail.com)

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Your comments about this article

17:04 August 12, 2011 by JulieLou40
Christ, what a waste of time. I thought the effect of fat on the body was obvious. Especially after Morgan Spurlock made "Supersize me"!!
22:50 August 12, 2011 by axiom
where do I sign up??!?!?!
03:25 August 13, 2011 by soultraveler3
Mmmm, sign me up hehe!
20:59 August 13, 2011 by Monitor Lizard
I really don't think students or young people of any kind should be engaging in orgies of any kind. That sounds like subversive behavior.
01:43 August 14, 2011 by reason
"will spend hours each day preparing 8,000 cupcakes" Makes it sound like he's baking 8000 every day.

40 volunteers will have four each every day for six weeks. That's not even 7000 in total.
20:46 August 16, 2011 by Streja
I don't understand why people like cupcakes. I'd rather eat a sandwich myself.
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