Cardiovascular Health - Scientific Pillar

Cardiovascular Health - Scientific Pillar

HAB is investigating the unique benefits of avocados on several key risk factors for cardiovascular disease, including high blood pressure, low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol levels and obesity. 

Published Research

Peou S, Milliard-Hasting B, Shah SAImpact of avocado-enriched diets on plasma lipoproteins: A meta-analysis. J. Clin Lipidology. 2015; DOI:
A meta-analysis of randomized clinical trials that assessed the impact of avocados on total cholesterol (TC), low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C), high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL-C), and/or triglycerides (TG).

Wang L, Bordi P, Fleming J, Hill A, Kris-Etherton P. The effect of a moderate fat diet with and without avocados on lipoprotein particle number, size and subclasses in overweight and obese adults – a randomized, controlled trial. J Am Heart Assoc. 2015; 4(1).
Investigated whether eating one Hass avocado every day for five weeks as part of a moderate fat diet has a beneficial effect on risk factors for cardiovascular disease compared to a similar moderate fat diet without avocados and a low-fat diet without avocados.

Li Z, Wong A, Henning SM, Zhang Y, Jones A, Zerlin A, Thames G, Bowerman S, Tseng CH and Heber D. Hass avocado modulates postprandial vascular reactivity and postprandial inflammatory responses to a hamburger meal in healthy volunteersFood and Function. 2012; DOI: 10.1039/C2FO30226H.
Investigated whether adding one-half of a Hass avocado to a hamburger, rather than eating the burger alone could limit the production of compounds that contribute to inflammation and narrowing blood vessels.

Research in Progress

Britt Burton-Freeman, Illinois Institute for Technology
Investigating whether eating avocado can improve acute cardiometabolic health and blood flow as measured by flow mediated dilation (FMD).

Elizabeth Johnson & Gowri Raman, Tufts University
Meta-analysis investigating relationship between avocado intake and cardiovascular health.

Future Cardiovascular Health Research

HAB is interested in funding research to explore the impact of avocados on key markers of cardiovascular health.