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Calling All Millennials—There’s A Study That Will Pay You To Eat Avocados Every Day For 6 Months

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Science has really come a long way since the 1800’s. Specifically, I’m of course referring to the branch of science that studies avocados and how they affect the human body. Avocado science is currently experiencing a golden age, and if you’re a fan of the fruit then you might be able to help.

Researchers from “Loma Linda University, Penn State, Tufts University and the University of California, Los Angeles,” are currently beginning a study called The Habitual Diet and Avocado Trial. They’re looking for 1,000 volunteers who will be paid to eat avocado. Every day. For six months.

Why perform the study in the first place? We all know avocados (from which our blessed guac is derived) are the king of fruits, and also happen to help cholesterol! Well, the scientists at Loma Linda University have some doubts about the avocado’s healthiness:

Since avocados contain the highest fat content of any fruit, it seems illogical to think they might actually help people lose their belly fat.

The study is meant to “examine whether eating one avocado per day will help reduce fat in the abdomen” according to Dr. Joan Sabate, director of the Loma Linda’s Center for Nutrition, Lifestyle and Disease Prevention.

Though previous studies have shown that avocados can lower blood pressure when used as a substitute for saturated fats, Penn State is similarly skeptical of the heavenly fruit’s health properties. Their study will be “monitoring not just the effects on abdominal fats but the health outcomes related to cardiovascular disease,” according to CNN.

To participate in the study, you must meet a certain set of requirements:

…you must be 25 or older and measure at least 35 to 40 inches around the waist, depending on gender. You also need to attend clinical visits at the corresponding campus, undergo two abdominal MRI scans and attend a monthly dietary meeting. However, you can’t participate if you are pregnant, breastfeeding or planning pregnancy.

And perhaps most importantly, you must be willing to eat an avocado every day for 6 months.

If you complete the study, you will be paid $300, along with something even more valuable: 24 more avocados for you to enjoy at your leisure!

Once all the data is collected, Wake Forest University will be analyzing it to synthesize a final conclusion, though no one expects it to have much impact on people’s love for avocados (aka the perfect food).

H/T – CNN, Huffpost


Written by Collin Gossel

Collin Gossel is a writer and comedian living in Brooklyn, New York, but there are nights when he looks up at the stars and wistfully thinks to himself “there’s got to be more out there…” You can catch Collin improvising new musicals every Tuesday night at the Magnet Theater’s Musical Megawatt, or follow his unfiltered thoughts on Twitter and Instagram @CollinGossel.--