Researchers Are Offering People $300 to Eat Avocados Every Day

Nora Nguyen
September 2, 2018

Best of all, you'll receive $300 for your efforts (as well as free avocados). The goal is to determine whether eating an avocado a day impacts belly fat, KESQ, a CBS affiliate in Palm Springs, reports. Four universities are teaming up to fund this venture - all in the name of research.

In the want ad, LLU said they're looking for as many as 250 avocado lovers to participate in the six-month trial.

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The announcement was made in the news section of Loma Linda University's website last August 28.

If you are thrilled to receive and consume avocados as much as this kid does, this could be a study for you.

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Previous studies show avocados have pro-heart fats that fight cholesterol and may lower blood pressure. The chosen participants will be divided into two groups. Participants in one group will eat an avocado per day for six months, while those in the other will eat only two avocados per month for the same period. Penn State researchers plan to examine this idea by monitoring not just the effects on abdominal fats but the health outcomes related to cardiovascular disease. You also must be at least 25 years old and either 40 inches around the waist if you're a man or 35 inches around the waste if you are a woman. In addition, you must attend the scheduled medical examination on the campus and monthly meetings with a nutritionist and undergo two magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Oh, and you have to live within a 50-mile radius of Loma Linda, California. Upon successful completion of the study, participants in both groups will be paid $300 each, and members of the control group will be given 24 avocados to enjoy.

The study, which will be under Loma Linda University's School of Public Health in California, is offering to pay 250 takers willing to participate in helping researchers find out if "moderate avocado consumption actually promotes weight loss".

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