Well, the joke's on them (the naysayers) because now you can get paid just for eating the green stuff.
The study was announced on Tuesday, August 28, and they have already received enough applications in the Loma Linda, Southern California, area.
The study will examine whether eating one avocado per day helps reduce belly fat.
Men must measure at least 40 inches around the waist.
But hey, if you're selected as a subject, you'll receive $300 at the end of the study.
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Dubbed "The Habitual Diet and Avocado Trial", the researchers are looking for 1,000 participants - 250 people for each university involved - who are keen on eating avocados regularly to assist them in their scientific study into whether avocados can help with weight loss. The rules add that all participants must be willing to "eat one avocado per day for six months or eat only two avocados per month for the same period". You also need to attend clinical visits at the corresponding campus, undergo two abdominal MRI scans and attend a monthly dietary meeting.
Once the research is finished, the participants will then be given $300 (P16,000) each, with those in the control group receiving an extra 24 avocados for themselves. Each school will recruit 250 people who live in the city where the university is based.
Avocados contain the highest fat content of any fruit, but Sabaté believes other components of avocados, which are the main ingredient the guacamole, could have fat-fighting properties. Four universities are teaming up to fund this venture - all in the name of research.
Participants will be split into a test group and a control group.
While the study is funded by the Haas Avocado Board, Sabaté says the study won't tip its results to favor the avocado promoters. Wake Forest University of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, will analyze the data once it's collected.