University Researchers Across the Country Want to Pay You $300 to Eat Avocados


Attention Millennials: You can now have your avocado toast and get paid to eat it, too. According to Insider, researchers at four universities across the country are looking for volunteers to eat an avocado a day to see if it keeps the doctor away.

More specifically, researchers want to test whether an avocado-centric diet helps reduce belly fat (visceral adipose fat), thereby promoting weight loss. Although avocados contain the most fat of any fruit, past research has shown that people who eat more avocados have smaller waists than those who eater fewer avocados or none at all—even if the two groups consume a comparable amount of calories.

If you qualify for this study, you'll be paid $300 for your time and efforts, on top of receiving a free health screening, "small gifts" throughout the study, and free avocados, of course. One group of participants will be instructed to eat an avocado each day for the six-month duration of the study, while a control group will be told to eat no more than two avocados per month during the same period. Participants will be randomly assigned to groups.

Although Hass Avocado Board is sponsoring the study, researcher Joan Sabaté of California's Loma Linda University—one of the participating universities—says this detail won't affect the outcome.

"For the last 20 years, we have been doing dietary intervention studies on plant-based foods and nuts. We are rigorous in our selection of projects," Sabaté said in a university statement.

Researchers from Penn State University, Tufts University, and the University of California, Los Angeles, are also conducting their own trials, each with 250 participants. Test subjects may be asked to pick up their supplies, so this opportunity is best suited to people living near one of the participating universities' campuses.

Although Millennials as a group have demonstrated an affinity for avocado, the only age requirement for this study is that participants be over the age of 25. Some physical requirements do apply, though. To see if you are eligible, visit the study website.

[h/t Insider]

From Cocaine to Chloroform: 28 Old-Timey Medical Cures


Is your asthma acting up? Try eating only boiled carrots for a fortnight. Or smoke a cigarette. Have you got a toothache? Electrotherapy might help (and could also take care of that pesky impotence problem). When it comes to our understanding of medicine and illnesses, we’ve come a long way in the past few centuries. Still, it’s always fascinating to take a look back into the past and remember a time when cocaine was a common way to treat everything from hay fever to hemorrhoids.

In this week's all-new edition of The List Show, Mental Floss editor-in-chief Erin McCarthy is highlighting all sorts of bizarre, old-timey medical cures. You can watch the full episode below.

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Game of Thrones Star Sophie Turner Opened Up About Her Struggles With Depression

Helen Sloan, HBO
Helen Sloan, HBO

Playing one of the main characters on the most popular show currently on television isn't always as glamorous as it seems. Sometimes, the pressures of fame can be too much. Sophie Turner realized this while playing Sansa Stark on Game of Thrones, and has recently revealed how being in the public eye took a toll on her mental health.

Turner took on the role of Sansa Stark in 2011, when she was just a teenager, and she quickly became a household name. Now, at 23, she's come forward to Dr. Phil on his podcast Phil in the Blanks to explain how negative comments on social media affected her self-image and mental health.

"I would just believe it. I would say, ‘Yeah, I am spotty. I am fat. I am a bad actress.' I would just believe it," Turned explained. "I would get [the costume department] to tighten my corset a lot. I just got very, very self-conscious."

Later on, these feelings led to major depression. Turner developed a sense of isolation after she realized that all of her friends and family were going off to colleege while she was pursuing a sometimes-lonely acting career.

"I had no motivation to do anything or go out. Even with my best friends, I wouldn't want to see them, I wouldn't want to go out and eat with them," Turner explained. "I just would cry and cry and cry over just getting changed and putting on clothes and be like, 'I can't do this. I can't go outside. I have nothing that I want to do.'"

The feelings of depression stayed with Turner for most of the time she was filming Game of Thrones, and it's a battle she's still fighting. "I've suffered with my depression for five or six years now. The biggest challenge for me is getting out of bed and getting out of the house. Learning to love yourself is the biggest challenge," she continued.

The actress shared that she goes to a therapist and takes medication for her depression—two things that have helped her feel better.

Between Game of Thrones ending and planning her wedding to fiancé Joe Jonas, Turner may not have the time to take on many new acting roles in the near future. However, we'll continue to see her as Sansa Stark in the final season of Game of Thrones, and as Jean Grey in Dark Phoenix, which hits theaters on June 7.

[h/t: E! News]