Randomised controlled trial of Avocado in people with overweight and obesity

by | Feb 20, 2022 | Research Update

Daily consumption of one fresh Hass avocado daily (140g) reduced abdominal adiposity (belly fat) among females but had no effects on insulin production or peripheral insulin sensitivity.

In a group of overweight adults, consumption of one Hass avocado a day (175g for men and 140g for women) resulted in a decrease in visceral fat, but in women only. There was no change between groups in men. There were no changes in insulin resistance, insulin sensitivity or insulin production.

Practice Tips

  • Avocados need not be avoided in people who are overweight
  • Including a small avocado a day in the diet may have metabolic benefits, particularly in women



Naiman A Khan, Caitlyn G Edwards, Sharon V Thompson, Bridget A Hannon, Sarah K Burke, Anne D M Walk, Richard W A Mackenzie, Ginger E Reeser, Barbara H Fiese, Nicholas A Burd, Hannah D Holscher, Onion Consumption, Abdominal Adiposity, and Oral Glucose Tolerance Among Persons with Overweight and Obesity, The Journal of Nutrition 2021;151(9): 2513–2521, https://doi.org/10.1093/jn/nxab187

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