If you love avocado toast or can’t help but add a side of guacamole to your burrito, then you know that the green stuff is pretty pricey. Well, now you have the opportunity to get paid to eat avocados.
Loma Linda University (LLU), Penn State University, Tufts University and the UCLA are each recruiting 250 test subjects to participate in a study. The experiment requires participants to eat either one avocado per day or no more than two avocados per month, over a six-month period. (Assignments to either group will be random.)
Researchers are hoping to determine whether avocados, which contain the highest fat content of any fruit, could promote weight loss. Participants will earn $300 for successful completion and will receive their avocados for free.
OK, How Does This Work?
Earn money eating yummy (and healthy!) avocados and possibly lose weight in the process? Sounds like a dream come true! Potential participants must fit the following criteria:
- Be at least 25 years old
- Be willing to 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 at least 35 inches around the waist if they are female
- Ability to make multiple check-ins with researchers, undergo blood tests, and other health aspects of the study
Researchers have already recruited enough participants for the Loma Linda area, but they are still looking for folks in the other places. You can find more information here.
The Benefits Of Avocados
Previous research has pointed to numerous health benefits associated with consuming avocados, including one review of 129 studies that showed eating an avocado per day can help prevent metabolic syndrome.
Of course, you don’t have to be a participant in a study to reap the rewards of including avocados in your diet. Check out these five ways to use avocado as a healthy substitute in your cooking to incorporate a little more of this awesome fruit into your daily eating. Yes, you can use it in place of butter or cream in various recipes. You can also just slathering it on a sandwich as an alternative to mayonnaise.
No matter how you enjoy your avo, the truth is simple — it’s bound to be delicious.