WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Four universities are teaming up for a research that involves eating avocados every day for six months.
- To enlist 1000 participants, Loma Linda University (LLU), Penn State University, Tufts University, and the University of California, Los Angeles are each going to recruit 250 test subjects.
- The researchers are paying participants $300 each after the study is completed.
Researchers from four universities—Loma Linda University (LLU), Penn State University, Tufts University, and the University of California, Los Angeles—are teaming up for a joint study.
Each university is recruiting 250 individuals to get a total of 1000 test subjects. The participants will be asked to eat avocados for a period of six months for research purposes.
Sponsored by the Hass Avocado Board, the study aims to know if avocados could promote weight loss and lose belly fat.
“The study will examine whether eating one avocado per day reduces visceral adipose fat in the abdomen,” Dr. Joan Sabaté, director at Center for Nutrition, Lifestyle and Disease Prevention at LLU, said.
Sabaté added that Hass Avocado Board will not influence the findings of the research.
“For the last 20 years, we have been doing dietary intervention studies on plant-based foods and nuts,” Sabaté said. “We are rigorous in our selection of projects.”
The participants will be divided into two groups— a test group and a control group.
In the test group, the subjects will be required to eat one avocado per day throughout the six-month study, while the participants in the control group will be required to only eat two avocados per month during the same period.
All subjects will receive a free health screening from LLU clinicians and a compensation of $300.
To qualify for the study, participants must be at least 25 years old, have a waist measurement of at least 40 inches if they are male, or at least 35 inches if they are female.
Source: The Insider