Have you ever listened to some of the commercials that come on the radio, looking for participants for medical research studies? Usually, they're looking for people who meet a very specific set of criteria, like having a particular disease or taking a particular medication. But they all promise money at the end of the study, and we're sure PLENTY of people sign up to participate.
Sure, it could be for an experimental new drug that has moved beyond the lab testing and no one knows what might happen when people take it, but whatever, $2,500 bucks in the bank, right? Well, those studies aren't open to the majority of us, but we've found one that absolutely is. And the best part? It probably won't kill or maim you! You could get paid to eat avocados, because dreams really do come true.
Researchers from Loma Linda University, Penn State, Tufts University, and the University of California, Los Angeles are on the hunt for 1,000 avocado lovers to take part in a study aimed at determining if that amazing green fruit can actually help with weight loss.
Called The Habitual Diet and Avocado Trial, the study wants to determine if avocados are really as healthy as we've been led to believe, and if eating them provides any sort of weight loss benefit. Considering that an average-size avocado has over 21 grams of fat and over 200 calories, it seems ... unlikely. But everyone from doctors to dietitians and nutritionists swear that it's good fat and can actually help you lose bad fat!
Participants will be split into two control groups: the first group will eat an avocado a day for 6 months, and the second, or control, group will be instructed to not eat more than two avocados per month during that same six month period. Participants need to 25 years or older, can't be pregnant or trying to conceive, and must measure at least 35-40 inches around the waist.
All participants will get $300 at the end of the study, and the control group will also get 24 avocados to enjoy at their leisure. So if you're an avocado lover and meet the criteria for participation, you may just be lucky enough to be paid to eat (or not eat, in the case of the control group) delicious avocados.
Seems like a win-win to us!