New Data Links Avocado Consumption with Better Diet Quality, Lower Body Weight and Positive Health Parameters

Analysis shows avocado consumers have improved nutrient intakes

MISSION VIEJO, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–A new analysis of the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey
(NHANES) data, compared avocado consumers to non-consumers and found
that consuming avocados may be associated with an overall better diet,
higher intake of essential nutrients, lower body weight, lower Body Mass
Index (BMI) and smaller waist circumference.

Insulin and homocysteine levels were lower in the avocado group, as well
as a significantly reduced incidence of metabolic syndrome.
Homocysteine, when elevated, has been associated with an increased risk
of cardiovascular disease.i Metabolic syndrome is the name
for a group of risk factors that raises the risk for heart disease and
other health problems, such as diabetes and stroke.ii
The analysis, “Avocado
Consumption by Adults is Associated with Better Nutrient Intake, Diet
Quality, and Some Measures of Adiposity: National Health and Nutrition
Examination Survey, 2001-2012
,” was published in the journal
Internal Medicine Review.


  • Compared to non-consumers, avocado consumers have:

    • Higher intakes of dietary fiber, total fat, good fats
      (monounsaturated fatty acids and polyunsaturated fatty acids),
      vitamins E and C, folate, magnesium, copper and potassium.
    • Lower intakes of total carbohydrates, added sugars and sodium.
  • Avocado consumers have improved diet quality, as measured by the Healthy
    Eating Index-2010
  • Improved physiologic measures include:

    • On average, avocado consumers weighed 7.5 lbs less, had a mean BMI
      of 1 unit less and 1.2 in. smaller waist circumference compared to
    • Avocado consumers were 33% less likely to be overweight or obese
      and 32% less likely to have an elevated waist circumference
      compared to non-consumers.
    • Incidence of metabolic syndrome was significantly reduced for
      avocado consumers.

The findings are based on avocado consumption and its association with
nutrient and food group intake, diet quality, and health biomarkers
assessed using a nationally representative sample of 29,684 adults (ages
19 years and older) participating in the 2001-2012 NHANES. Fresh avocado
intake averaged a consumption of 76 grams per day (a little more than
half of a medium Hass avocado) and was assessed by 24-hour dietary
recalls. Diet quality was measured using the Healthy Eating Index-2010
(HEI-2010), which measured adherence to the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for
Americans. The analysis was supported by the U.S. Department of
Agriculture Children’s Nutrition Research Center and the Hass
Avocado Board

“These findings indicate incorporating avocados could be one way for
Americans to meet the recommended fruit and vegetable intake and
potentially improve physiologic measures,” said Nikki Ford, Hass Avocado
Board Director of Nutrition. “As we fund additional clinical studies
investigating the relationship between fresh avocado consumption and
weight management and risk factors for cardiovascular disease and
diabetes, we continue to encourage healthcare professionals to remain
committed to recommending avocados as part of an overall healthy diet.”

For more information on avocado nutrition research, please visit

About the Hass Avocado Board
The Hass Avocado Board (HAB) is
an agriculture promotion group established in 2002 to promote the
consumption of Hass Avocados in the United States. A 12-member board
representing domestic producers and importers of Hass Avocados directs
HAB’s promotion, research and information programs under supervision of
the United States Department of Agriculture. Funding for HAB comes from
Hass avocado producers and importers in the United States.

i Humphrey LL, Fu R, Rogers K, Freeman M, Helfand M.
Homocysteine Level and Coronary Heart Disease Incidence: A Systematic
Review and Meta-analysis. Mayo Clinic Proceedings.
2008;83(11):1203-1212. doi:10.4065/83.11.1203.

ii What is Metabolic Syndrome? National Heart, Lung, and
Blood Institute. Available at:
Accessed March 23, 2017/


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