Can eating the ever popular avocado help people lose weight? A researcher is willing to pay people $300 to eat avocados and test the strength of the theory that the fruit can aid in weight-loss.
Dr. Joan Sabate director of the Center for Nutrition, Lifestyle and Disease Prevention at Loma Linda University in Southern California is looking for 250 people to consume a moderate amount of the in-demand fruit.
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The university’s site states that LLU and three other American universities will evaluate Sabate’s theory after a six-month trial. 1,000 people are expected to take part in the experiment.
Avocados happen to contain the highest level of fat content of any fruit, but Sabate asserts that the other components of avocados, which are the main ingredient the guacamole, could also have fat-fighting properties.
Sabate specifically also said: “The study will examine whether eating one avocado per day reduces fat in the abdomen.”
He is particularly looking for participants who are at least 25 years old and older; willing to eat one avocado per day for six months or eat only two avocados per month for the same period. The participants must also measure at least 40 inches around the waist if they are male and 35 inches if they are female.
The chosen participants will also receive a free MRI and health screening. They will also be asked to attend a monthly meeting with a dietician. Participants will only receive the full payment of $300 each after successful completion of the study.
The study is funded by the Hass Avocado Board, but Sabate was quick to point out that the sponsorship will not affect the findings, and guarantees: “For the last 20 years, we have been doing dietary intervention studies on plant-based foods and nuts. We are rigorous in our selection of projects.”