New study pays people to eat avocados

Ben Davidson
August 31, 2018

"The study will examine whether eating one avocado per day reduces visceral adipose fat in the abdomen", Sabanté said. However, they are still looking for people who live near the campuses of Penn State University, Tufts University in MA, and the University of California, Los Angeles.

The announcement was made in the news section of Loma Linda University's website last August 28. Those who were limited to eating only two avocados per month also will be given a consolation prize of 24 avocados to make up for their months of denial.

A total of 1,000 people will participate in the avocado study. Together, the four universities will work on the study to evaluate the "controversial idea in a randomized, six-month trial".

For the study, researchers are mainly looking to prove whether the heart-healthy fats contained in avocados are good for reducing abdominal fats, blood pressure, and the effects of cardiovascular disease.

Participants will end up in one of two groups.

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If you apply and are accepted into the research project, and if you successfully complete your part of it, you will receive a $300 stipend, small gifts throughout the six-month study, free avocados and some of your lab and test results. Men need to have a waist measurement of at least 101 centimeters (40 inches) and women at least 89 centimeters (35 inches).

According to the study, participants will be randomly assigned to one of two groups.

Participants must be at least 25 years old and must not already eat more than two avocados a month, according to the website.

The study will be funded by the Hass Avocado Board, but Joan Sabate has vowed that the sponsorship will not have an affect on the findings. "For the last 20 years, we have been doing dietary intervention studies on plant-based foods and nuts", he said in a statement.

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