Why scientists are paying people to eat avocados

Love avocados but don’t want to go broke? You can get paid to eat them — for science | The Sacramento Bee

Love avocados but don’t want to go broke? You can get paid to eat them — for science | The Sacramento Bee

Southern California avocado lovers: You may have found the most cost-effective way to eat the magical, traditionally pricey fruit and get paid to do it.

"The study will examine whether eating one avocado per day reduces visceral adipose fat in the abdomen", says Joan Sabate, Director of the Centre of Nutrition, Lifestyle, and Disease Prevention at the school.

Researchers are searching for 250 to participate, in which they will be assigned to one of two groups, at random.

When the study is over, successful participants from both groups will receive $300 each.

All the members will receive a free MRI and a health screening at Loma Linda and be required to meet with a dietitian once a month. There are four Universities participating in this trial: "Tufts University, Loma Linda University, Pennsylvania State University, and UCLA", the website explains.

The study is funded by the Hass Avocado Board.


Participants must be at least 25 years old and must not already eat more than two avocados a month, according to the website. Pregnant and breastfeeding women and those who are planning to get pregnant would not be included in the study.

Imagine how it would feel like to be paid for eating an avocado daily! They, in addition would be given 24 avocados.

One medium-sized avocado contains about 322 calories, 29 grams of fat, and 13 grams of fiber.

Even though avocados are high in fat, it's mostly monounsaturated fat, which is good for heart health (unlike the unhealthy saturated fats you find in desserts, meats, and dairy products). Wake Forest University will publish the results of the study.

According to Loma Linda for the experiment will need a total of 1 thousand of volunteers (up to 250 persons for each University).

They said millennials couldn't afford houses because they're too busy throwing their money away on avocados.

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