Find in Avocado an Ally Against Diabetes
One of the best ways to navigate your entrepreneur life is to make sure you’re taking care of your health, eating what is right for you. Whether you’re conscious of what you eat or put little restrictions to your diet, an item that it’s important to add to your meals is avocado. And this is helpful, especially among Hispanics. In a new study by the CDC(1), it predicts that more than 50% of all that community will develop type 2 diabetes during their lifetime and calls out that a modest weight loss can help to prevent or delay the disease by nearly 60%. This is where we find in avocado an ally against diabetes.
Alma Emprendedora interviewed Silvia Klinger, registered dietitian and Aguacates Frescos – Saborea Uno Hoy spokesperson. We asked her why diabetes affects significantly to Hispanics and how avocados are becoming so helpful in the battle against it.
AE: Why is that 50% of Hispanic men and women will suffer from type 2 diabetes?
SK: There are many factors, for example, lack of awareness. A new study from the CDC(1) says that about 1/3 of Hispanics are pre-diabetic, but only 7.5% (not even 10%) actually know it, the lowest awareness of all consumer segments.
Risk factors include: Family history, being overweight, having high blood pressure, high cholesterol
AE: Is the percentage different between Hispanic men and women?
SK: Hispanic women slightly outpace Hispanic men. Hispanic women are 4.7% more likely to die from diabetes than men, 4.5%. (2)
AE: Avocado is a favorite in the Hispanic meals; it adds flavor to tortas and makes delicious salads, so we asked Silvia about three benefits of avocados to prevent type 2 diabetes.
• Avocados are a good source of fiber. Diets rich in healthy foods containing fiber, such as some vegetables and fruits, may reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes and obesity.
• Dietary fiber adds bulk to the diet and can promote feeling fuller faster which can increase satiety (satisfaction) and help manage weight
• Unlike most varieties of fruit, healthy avocados do not contain natural sugar.
AE: Are there any specific benefits for women?
SK: If a woman is pregnant:
• Healthy avocados provide a good source of folate per 50 g serving. Folate is important for proper brain function. Consuming adequate intakes of folate/folic acid may reduce the risk of premature births and birth defects.
• Per serving (50 g), healthy avocados contribute 6 g of unsaturated fats, which are known to be important for normal growth and development of the central nervous system and brain.
AE: For the women entrepreneurs who are reading this, how can they incorporate avocado into their busy life?
SK: Great snack on the go – just grab a spoon. Easy to transport, one serving – one-third of a healthy avocado – contains 80 calories, naturally good fats and is a good source of fiber to help stay full longer.
For finding in avocado an ally against diabetes, Aguacates Frescos-Saborea Uno Hoy unveils a free, printable, wallet-sized guide designed to share tips and inspire on how healthy and delicious fresh avocados with their good source of fiber can help reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes, as part of a diet rich in healthy foods containing fiber. The resource is now available in English and Spanish at SaboreaUnoHoy.com/diabetescard to empower easy access to insights on how good nutrition promotes healthy living and can lower risk factors.
(1) National Diabetes Statistics Report, 2017. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2017, National Diabetes Statistics Report, 2017, www.cdc.gov/diabetes/pdfs/data/statistics/national-diabetes-statistics-report.pdf.