Skip to main content
Faculty/Staff Resources
Search search
Mobile Search:



This is a nutritional study that examines the effect of avocados on abdominal fat and health outcomes related to cardiovascular disease.

Procedures and Compensation:

  • A 6-month study
  • You will be given one avocado per day to eat with your usual diet or you will follow your usual diet
  • Measurements of abdominal fat, vascular health, and blood markers (cholesterol, glucose) at the start of the study, week 12 and week 26
  • Compensation will be provided for your participation

You may qualify if you meet the following criteria:

  • + 25 years old
  • BMI of at least 25 for women or at least 27 for men (
  • Not pregnant, lactating, or have an intention of pregnancy during the trial
  • No significant body weight change in the last year
  • Live in State College, PA or the surrounding areas (please note this study requires regular appointments at Penn State, University Park).


Please call 1-814-863-0856 or email, mention the Habitual Diet and Avocado Trial (HAT), and leave your name and number.

Return to the Study Page

 This research study is being conducted by Dr. Kris-Etherton in the Department of Nutritional Sciences and has been approved by the Institutional Review Board (IRB)