In a shocking new discovery, scientists have found a gene that they believe is responsible for the millennial obsession with avocado toast. The gene, dubbed “avo-love,” is said to cause an irresistible attraction to the creamy green fruit, and is found in a significant percentage of the population.
The study, conducted by researchers at the Institute of Food Science and Nutrition, involved a survey of over 10,000 participants. The subjects were asked to rate their level of love for avocados on a scale of one to ten, with ten being the highest. Those who rated their love for avocados as eight or above were then tested for the presence of the “avo-love” gene.
The results were astonishing. Over 80% of those who rated their love for avocados as eight or above were found to have the “avo-love” gene, compared to just 20% of those who rated their love for avocados as seven or below. The researchers believe that this gene could be the missing link in the explanation for the recent surge in popularity of avocado toast.
“This is a breakthrough discovery,” said Dr. Jane Smith, lead researcher on the study. “We’ve known for a while that there’s something about avocados that people find irresistible, but we’ve never been able to explain why. Now we have a tangible explanation in the form of the ‘avo-love’ gene.”
The discovery has sparked a flurry of excitement among avocado aficionados, who are eager to know more about the gene and how it works. Some have even taken to social media to share their own stories of avocado addiction.
“I always knew there was something different about me,” tweeted one user. “Now I know it’s because I have the ‘avo-love’ gene. Proud to be an avocado enthusiast!”
Others have been quick to point out the potential implications of the discovery, suggesting that it could lead to new treatments for those struggling with avocado addiction.
“Finally, a cure for my avocado obsession!” exclaimed one user. “I can’t wait for the ‘avo-love’ gene therapy to become available.”
But not everyone is convinced of the validity of the study. Critics have pointed out that the survey was self-reported, meaning that the results could be skewed by people who simply enjoy avocados and want to be part of the trend.
“It’s a classic case of correlation versus causation,” said Dr. John Doe, a geneticist at a rival institute. “Just because someone loves avocados doesn’t necessarily mean they have a genetic predisposition to it.”
Despite the skepticism, the Institute of Food Science and Nutrition stands by its findings, and plans to continue its research into the “avo-love” gene. The hope is that a greater understanding of the gene and its effects could lead to new breakthroughs in the field of nutrition and food science.
For now, however, avocado lovers around the world can rest easy, knowing that their obsession with the green fruit may be the result of something beyond their control. And who knows – maybe one day there will be a genetic test for the “avo-love” gene, allowing people to know for sure whether they are destined for a life of avocado addiction.