Published: Fri, August 31, 2018
Medicine | By Tracy Klein

Schools want to pay research subjects to eat avocados

The study- titled "The Habitual Diet and Avocado Trial"- is obviously influenced by the United States' increasing obsession with avocados, and while they may be delicious, it's important to understand that the increased demand has human consequences.

You might not be paid enough to save for a house but eating avocado for money beats doing it for free.

"The study will examine whether eating one avocado per day reduces visceral adipose fat in the abdomen", Sabaté said in a statement.

Attention, avocado lovers: If you're willing to sign up, there's a new study that can satisfy both your tastebuds and your wallet.

Those who make it to the end of the study will get $300.

Joan Sabaté, Loma Linda University's principal investigator, said the financial backers will not affect the study's findings.

Tufts University is pairing with three other universities - Loma Linda University, Pennsylvania State University, and University of California, Los Angeles - to evaluate the effects of avocados on a person's body-fat levels. The avocado eaters will be given 16 avocados every two weeks and asked to chow down on one a day.

On the official website, the scientists wrote: "Since avocados contain the highest fat content of any fruit, it seems illogical to think they might actually help people lose their belly fat". Those chosen will be assigned to one of two groups. Researchers will also call you unannounced at least four times during the study period to check up on your diet.

You have to be willing to eat one avocado a day for six months; however, you can not participate in the study if you are pregnant, breastfeeding or planning pregnancy.

To qualify, you must be 25 or older and measure at least 35 to 40 inches around the waist, depending on gender.

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