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Holy Guacamole! This Study Will Pay You to Eat Avocados for Six Months

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“Yes, I know guac is extra” is basically every avocado lover’s life motto.

But in an interesting turn of events, instead of forking over an additional three bucks for that green goodness, someone will actually pay you to eat it.

Researchers from four universities are looking for 1,000 participants willing to eat avocados for six months in the name of science.

The study — The Habitual Diet and Avocado Trial — aims to determine whether or not regular consumption of avocados has an effect on weight loss and distribution of body fat.

The four participating universities are Loma Linda University in California; University of California, Los Angeles; Tufts University in Massachusetts; and Pennsylvania State University. Each location is accepting 250 applicants who are able to regularly visit the lab on site.

Note that Loma Linda has received a high volume of interested applicants and has stopped accepting phone calls at this time; it might reopen enrollment later.

The study participants will be split into two groups: members of the first group will be required to eat one avocado every day for the six-month period. Members of the other group have to limit its avocado consumption to two per month.

*Fingers crossed you get the first group.*

And if you’re worried about breaking the bank paying for that many avocados, relax — the researchers will supply the goods.

In addition to free avos for six months, participants will also get a cash payout in the end.

The study’s main site lists the pay as $300, but a Tufts University page lists it as $1,045  plus an additional $25 for completing the initial screening. That means that pay may differ based on which university you are participating at, so be sure to ask when you reach out for screening.

Ready to snag a spot? Keep reading for the study qualifications.

How To Sign Up for the Habitual Diet and Avocado Trial

Here some of the criteria for interested applicants:

  • At least 25 years old
  • BMI of at least 25 for women, 27 for men
  • Willing and able to undergo MRI scans
  • No significant body weight change in the last year
  • Not currently pregnant, lactating or intending to get pregnant during the trial
  • Able to attend eight clinic visits and complete four phone interviews

If you’re in the group that eats an avocado daily, you will also be required to visit the lab every two weeks to pick up your trial items — aka your free avos.

And here’s another qualification for the study that might knock some devout avocado eaters out of the running: You can’t participate if you are currently eating more than two avocados per month.

I don’t know about y’all, but I’m pretty sure I’ve had at least two avocados in the last week alone.

If you meet the criteria and want to earn some extra cash for indulging in guac over the next six months, you’ll need to do an initial phone screening. Check out the HAT site for the participating locations and corresponding contact information.

And if you’re one of the lucky participants who gets to eat an avo a day, I suggest you branch out from the standard avocado toast and try your hand at some new recipes — particularly the avocado margarita.  

Kaitlyn Blount is a staff writer at The Penny Hoarder. She regularly eats avocado toast and doesn’t own a house. Coincidence? *DUN DUN*

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