CARDIOVASCULAR HEALTH - AVOCADOS, BLOOD FLOW AND INFLAMMATION
Zhaoping Li, Angela Wong, Susanne M Henning, Yanjun Zhang, Alexis Jones, Alona Zerlin, Gail Thames, Susan Bowerman, Chi-Hong Tseng and David Heber.-the authors PUBLISHED:an article in the November 2012,issue of Food and Function on the TOPIC: “Cardiovascular Health”that Hass Avocado Modulates Postprandial Vascular Reactivity and Postprandial Inflammatory Responses to a Hamburger Meal in Healthy Volunteers More research however appears to be needed to determine whether these results could apply to other individuals.The article says The pilot study found that eating one-half of a fresh medium Hass avocado with a burger, rather than eating a burger alone, may curb the production of compounds that contribute to inflammation in healthy men. as per researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), and supported by the Hass Avocado Board,
Inflammation is a risk factor that may be associated with heart disease. ,
The study investigated the effects of adding one-half of a fresh medium Hass Avocado to a hamburger (90 percent lean) on peripheral arterial blood flow (the movement of blood to different parts of the body) and inflammation compared to a burger without avocado.i
Either a 250 g hamburger patty alone (ca. 436 cal and 25 g fat) or together with 68 grams of avocado flesh (an additional 114 cal and 11 g of fat for a total of 550 cal and 36 g fat), a common culinary combination, to assess effects on vascular health.
Eating one-half of a fresh medium Hass avocado with a burger (90 percent lean), rather than eating a burger alone, may curb the production of compounds that contribute to inflammation.i
When fresh avocado was eaten with a burger there was no increase in triglyceride levels beyond what was observed after eating the burger alone despite the extra calories and monounsaturated fat from the avocado.i
After eating a burger with one-half of a fresh medium Hass Avocado, some of the after-meal effects observed after eating a plain burger, specifically inflammation and narrowing blood vessels, were reduced within hours.i
While these are initial findings from a single study, they provide promising clues and a basis for future research to determine whether avocados can play a role in the areas of vascular health and heart health.