A New Study Will Pay Participants $300 to Eat Avocados Every Day for Six Months
Would you get sick of a daily avocado for half-a-year straight?
We're guessing a new nutrition research study is going to attract a lot more recruits than normal. Why is that? Because the so-called "Habitual Diet and Avocado Trial" will pay a group of participants $300 to eat an avocado every day for six months. Participants will also get 24 avocados to dice, slice, and mash to your heart's delight at the study's conclusion. (The other group of participants will get the same compensation but will be limited to no more than two avocados a month for the six-month duration of the study.)
The study is a collaboration between Loma Linda University, Penn State, Tufts, and University of California, Los Angeles. Researchers are looking for 1,000 participants so they can investigate if avocados can help reduce belly fat (known as visceral adipose fat on the abdomen). The study is funded by the Hass Avocado Board. Unfortunately, it looks like participants should hail from the regions surrounding the university of campus, so unless you're willing to relocate to California, Pennsylvania, or Massachusetts for a six-month stint, you'll have to sit this one out — officially, at least. According to Loma Linda University, the study data will be analyzed in our neck of the woods though, at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
Avocados have long been touted as a boon for your health thanks to their good-for-you fats, known as MUFAs, or Monounsaturated Fatty Acids, along with offering eaters a variety of vitamins and minerals.