University willing to pay participants to eat avocados

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Several universities are looking for participants in a controversial avocado-eating study and will pay you for it.

Loma Linda University researchers are trying to figure out if eating avocados, which have the highest fat content of any fruit, may actually help people lose weight.

Researcher Joan Sabate MD, DrPH, is willing to pay 250 people to help researchers determine if moderate avocado consumption actually promotes weight loss.

“The study will examine whether eating one avocado per day reduces visceral adipose fat in the abdomen,” Sabaté says.

Participants for the study must:

  1. Be 25 years of age or older
  2. Be willing to either eat one avocado per day for six months or eat only two avocados per month for the same period
  3. Measure at least 40 inches around the waist if they are male, or
  4. Measure at least 35 inches around the waist if they are female

Participants will be randomly assigned to one of two groups. The test group will be given 16 avocados every two weeks and required to eat one avocado per day throughout the six-month study. The control group will be required to eat no more than two avocados per month during the same period.

Selected participants will receive a free MRI and health screening by an LLU clinician, and asked to attend a monthly meeting with a dietician. 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.

In addition to LLU, Penn State University, Tufts University and the University of California, Los Angeles, will each recruit 250 participants, for a total of 1,000 participants in the study.

To sign up for the study, click here.

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