At the current rate of progression, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevents predicts 50% of U.S. Hispanics will develop type 2 diabetes over their lifetime.
"Everyday resources like recipes and handy tip sheets can be very empowering in the fight against diabetes," said Sylvia Meléndez-Klinger, registered dietitian and Saborea Uno Hoy paid spokesperson. "Avocados already resonate with traditional tastes. Tools like these provide daily inspiration to minimize risk factors for diabetes with natural goodness."
Being overweight increases the likelihood of developing type 2 diabetes. Dietary fiber adds bulk to the diet which can help people feel fuller faster and help manage weight. Avocados are a naturally good source of fiber and fit well in a reduced-calorie diet when eaten in place of other fats.
Specifically, more than half (60%) of Hispanic millennials see an opportunity to have avocado at breakfast or brunch. In a recent clinical trial of 31 relatively healthy overweight/obese adults, researchers found that eating a whole avocado as part of a breakfast meal, compared to a meal with no avocado suppressed hunger and improved meal satisfaction. Previously, the authors reported improved insulin and glucose levels after eating the avocado meal compared to the control meal.
The study was funded by the Hass Avocado Board and satiety was measured by a visual analog for six hours. Though more research is needed to generalize the results to all people, the findings support the growing body of evidence connecting eating avocados and a positive impact on body weight and type 2 diabetes prevention.
Nearly all (89%) survey respondents are interested in easy recipes featuring avocados after being told that diets rich in healthy foods containing fiber, such as some vegetables and fruits, may reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes.
This report represents the findings of an online CARAVAN survey conducted by Engine among a sample of 503 Hispanic millennials ages 21-38. This survey was administered Jan. 24-31, 2019.