Loma Linda University looking for paid participants to eat avocados

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Dr. Joan Sabaté, who directs 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 avocado flesh, according to the university's website.

Loma Linda University is looking for people to eat avocados - in large quantities and small quantities - as part of a study, and they're paying participants.

Avocados are a rich source of heart-healthy fats that can help cholesterol, but there are concerns that this fruit is not as healthy as it may seem.

Participants will be broken into two groups: an "experimental" group who will eat the daily avocados and a "control" group who will continue their usual diets. Sabanté will select 250 participants to be placed in two groups: a test group that is given 16 avocados every two weeks and instructed to consume one avocado per day for six months, and a control group which can not consume more than two avocados per month during the study period. Research teams at LLU and UCLA, along with Penn State and Tufts universities, will each pay 250 people to test their hypothesis.

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Qualifications for the study include: be at least 25 years old; have BMI of at least 25 for women or at least 27 for men; not be pregnant, lactating, or have an intention of pregnancy during the trial; and no significant body weight change in the last year.

After the experiment, participants in both groups will be paid $300 (£233) each. The chosen participants will be divided into two groups.

Selected participants will receive a free MRI and health screening by an LLU clinician, and asked to attend a monthly meeting with a dietician.

The study is funded by the Hass Avocado Board . "We are rigorous in our selection of projects", he said.