While avocados have often been associated with healthy foods, they do contain a lot of fat. Avocado lovers will say it’s healthy fat, but no one really knows what that means. Like yeah, it’s good for you, but can it make you gain some pounds or not?
Scientists at Loma Linda University have been wondering exactly this, and have decided to conduct a study on people who are willing to eat avocados on a day-to-day basis. “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.
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Willing participants would be analyzed and paid ($300 upon completing the study) and the data collected would finally answer this question, letting us know if avocados are really super foods and good for our fitness.
The study will involve 250 participants who’ll be sorted into two different groups. One group will have to avocados once a day, and the other group will only have to eat avocados twice per month. It’s very important that participants follow the rules of the study, eating avocados every day or twice a month depending on their group. That means that if you’re part of the latter group, you must make a schedule for your brunch plans, which can be a serious limitation for some people.
Participants must also:
- 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
Aside from the payment, participants will also have monthly access to a dietician and receive a free MRI and health screening, making this a perfect offer for a hungry college student. Or anyone, really.
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Even if the study has side effects and scientist discover that avocados are super bad for your health… death by avocado sounds kind of delicious, right? Surely there are worse ways to go. You can sign up for the study here.