Published: Sat, September 01, 2018
Medical | By Vicki Mclaughlin

Holy Guacamole! Get paid to eat guacamole every day

Holy Guacamole! Get paid to eat guacamole every day

If you are a fan of avocados, this is definitely the story for you. That's the question local scientists want to answer, and they're willing to pay people to find out.

A website for the study says there's been an "overwhelming response" from the public, and they're asking people to check back in two weeks to see if they might qualify.

Once the research is finished, the participants will then be given $300 (P16,000) each, with those in the control group receiving an extra 24 avocados for themselves. The control group will be required to eat no more than two avocados per month during the same time period.

It's for a study called "The Habitual Diet and Avocado Trial".

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. Five universities are a part of the study, which aims to enroll 1,000 people.

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Loma Linda University has teamed up with Penn State University, Tufts University and the University of California Los Angeles to answer a big question: Can someone reduce the visceral adipose fat - that's the risky kind of fat - in their abdomen by eating one avocado a day for six months?

The school laid out certain requirements for the project, including: men and women signing up must have waist measurements of 40 and 35 inches or more, respectively - and all subjects have to be at least 25 years old.

Those who make it into one of the two groups will receive a free health screening and must attend a monthly meeting with a dietitian.

The study is funded by the Hass Avocado Board. "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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