Buckle up, avocado lovers: According to the Daily Mail, the Hass Avocado Board is funding a study at various U.S. universities to research “the weight loss effects of eating avocado.” If you’re near Loma Linda University School of Public Health, Pennsylvania State University, Tufts University, the University of California Los Angeles or Wake Forest University, you could become one of 1,000 paid participants in the six-month trial.
Does this sound like a dream? If so, perhaps you’re a person of questionable ethics: It’s mad sketchy that Big Avocado, who are claiming to “promote the consumption of Hass Avocados in the United States,” are asking students to determine, as People summarizes, “whether or not eating one avocado per day reduces visceral adipose fat in the abdomen.” It seems quite obvious that the Hass Avocado Board may have an ulterior motive here: a study that could determine eating an exorbitant amount of avocados results in belly fat loss would lend itself quite nicely to weight loss commercials. Detox tea, but avocados. Imagine.
Anyway! As long as you’re at least 25, a man with a 40 inch waist (or greater) or a woman with a 35 inch (or greater) and are ready/able/willing to eat one or two avocados a day for six months (that’s approximately 168 or 336 green guys, respectively), you can make $300. Honestly, it seems pretty wack to me considering the well-documented evidence that avocados have a much higher fat content than any other fruit, but I digress.
If you’re into avocados as a lifestyle, the application is here.