AMERICAN DIABETES ASSOCIATION RECOMMENDS AVOCADOS IN LATEST GUIDELINES

AMERICAN DIABETES ASSOCIATION RECOMMENDS AVOCADOS IN LATEST GUIDELINES



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SANTA ANA, CA–(HISPANIC PR WIRE)–July 15, 2002–The latest guidelines issued by the American Diabetes Association emphasize a diet rich in monounsaturated fat for improved diabetes control. According to the guidelines, people with diabetes are no longer limited to a low-carbohydrate/low-fat diet and may instead choose a higher-monounsaturated fat diet that includes avocados.

“This is good news for Hispanics as diabetes occurrences are twice as often in Hispanics than the general population,” explains Dr. Aliza Lifshitz, a leading physician and source of health information to the Latino community for more than 10 years through her television and radio broadcasts. “These new guidelines allow for traditional favorites like avocados to be included in a healthy diabetes eating plan.”

The guidelines are part of the American Diabetes Association’s Evidence-Based Nutrition Principles and Recommendations for the Treatment and Prevention of Diabetes and Related Complications, released earlier this year. Specifically, the new guidelines recommend that carbohydrate and monounsaturated fat intake should account for 60-70% of calorie intake for people with diabetes, and 15-20% should come from protein. Avocados are among the top food sources recommended for monounsaturated fat. In addition, the guidelines suggest that less than 10% of caloric intake should come from saturated fats. Overall, each individual’s metabolic profile and need to lose weight should determine the total fat intake.(1)

“Avocados are the highest fruit source of monounsaturated fat, the fat known to lower artery-clogging LDL cholesterol and raise heart-healthy HDL cholesterol,” said Dr. Aliza. “Diabetes meal plans should include avocado in salads, soups and even as a spread in a delicious wheat tortilla.”

Studies show it is more important than ever for people with higher than normal blood glucose levels to consume nutritionally sound foods like avocados. Results from the Diabetes Prevention Program, a landmark clinical trial from the National Institute for Health released in August 2001, indicate that diet intervention and exercise conclusively slash type 2 diabetes risk by up to 58%. According to the American Diabetes Association, at least 10 million Americans are at high risk for type 2 diabetes, the most common form where either the body does not produce enough insulin or the cells ignore the insulin.

While avocados may be best known for their monounsaturated fat, they contain other important nutrients beneficial to a healthy food program for people with diabetes. Recent research from UCLA indicates that California avocados are the highest fruit source of the powerful antioxidant vitamin E, which is known to neutralize free radicals that may cause some of the complications of diabetes, such as heart disease and nerve damage.

California avocados are nature’s whole food and are nutrient dense, versatile and a delicious part of a healthful diet. Ounce for ounce, California avocados contain more fiber, folate, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin and magnesium than any other commonly eaten fruit. They are naturally cholesterol and sodium free and serve as a healthier alternative to traditional Hispanic foods like cheese, sour cream and other dips and spreads. For more nutrition information and meal planning ideas, visit http://www.aguacate.org.

CALIFORNIA AVOCADO NUTRITION TIPS FOR PEOPLE WITH DIABETES

1. Enjoy guacamole with raw vegetables or baked or fat-free tortilla chips.

2. Spread avocado on a sandwich instead of mayonnaise and save 17 grams of fat per serving while boosting nutrition.

3. Dress up a salad with fresh avocado, lemon juice and a pinch of salt — or balsamic vinegar — instead of creamy salad dressing. You’ll add more flavor and save 10 grams of fat per serving.

4. Add avocado slices to tacos and tostadas instead of sour cream for a savings of 3 grams of saturated fat and 15 milligrams of cholesterol per serving.

Reference:

(1) Evidence-Based Nutrition Principles and Recommendations for the Treatment and Prevention of Diabetes and Related Complications. Annual Review of Diabetes 2002, American Diabetes Association, pages 70-120, January 2002.

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AMERICAN DIABETES ASSOCIATION RECOMMENDS AVOCADOS IN LATEST GUIDELINES