The publication of a pilot study conducted on 11 healthy men ages 18-35 suggests avocados when eaten with burgers may help support normal vascular function.

The avocado study was funded by the Hass Avocado Board and was conducted by researches at the University of California, Los Angeles, according to a news release.

The study was published in Food & Function journal. The study is the first of several Hass Avocado Board-funded nutrition studies as part of its nutrition marketing and research strategy, according to the release.

“The publication of this study marks a very important and exciting first step for Hass Avocado Board in terms of our overall nutrition research program,” Emiliano Escobedo, executive director of the Hass Avocado Board said in the release. “This is the first of seven studies in our research pipeline, which was developed to focus on four key areas: heart health, weight management, diabetes and healthy living. We are confident that the results of these research studies will help generate scientific substantiation for the nutrition, health and wellness benefits of consuming more Hass avocados.”

The study found that eating one-half of a fresh medium Hass avocado with a burger may curb the production of compounds that contribute to inflammation in healthy men, according to the release.

More research is needed to determine whether these results could apply to other individuals.