Researchers at American universities are offering 1,000 people $300 each to eat an avocado every day. Participants are required to eat one avocado every day for six months as a part of a study. The avocados are also being provided.
The study will be done to test the hypothesis that avocados help promote weight loss and help them lose belly fat. Loma Linda University (LLU), Penn State University, Tufts University, and the University of California, Los Angeles are each recruiting 250 test subjects to eat avocados for research purposes, according to a report by This Insider.
“The study will examine whether eating one avocado per day reduces visceral adipose fat in the abdomen,” Dr. Joan Sabaté, who directs the Center for Nutrition, Lifestyle and Disease Prevention at LLU, said.
In order to qualify for the study, participants must meet the following criteria:
- Be 25 years of age or older
- Be willing to either eat one avocado per day for six months or eat only two avocados per month for the same period
- Measure at least 40 inches around the waist if they are male, or…
- Measure at least 35 inches around the waist if they are female.
Participants will be split into a test group and a control group. The test group will be given 16 avocados every two weeks and required to eat one avocado per day throughout the six-month study, while the control group will be required to eat no more than two avocados per month during the same period. –This Insider
Those who are fortunate enough to be selected for this study will receive a free health screening from LLU clinicians and $300 in compensation once they’ve completed their six months of avocado consumption. If you sign up and find out you’re part of the control group, you’ll also receive 24 avocados to enjoy after the study is completed.
The study is being sponsored by the Hass Avocado Board, a detail that Sabaté claims will not affect the outcome of the research. “For the last 20 years, we have been doing dietary intervention studies on plant-based foods and nuts,” Sabaté said. “We are rigorous in our selection of projects.”