Avocados and Diabetes

Diet Management - The Lowdown on Diabetes

Hass Avocados and Weight Loss/Maintenance:

Avocados can be a satisfying addition to a calorie-reduced diet, when they are eaten in lieu of other fats. When used instead of other fats, avocados contribute nearly 20 vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients and can be part of a calorie-reduced diet.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, in 2005 20.8 million Americans-seven percent of the population-were found to have diabetes.

Diabetes is, however, largely preventable and controllable through medical treatments and a healthful lifestyle.

Achieving and maintaining a healthy weight is essential to helping prevent type 2 diabetes-the most common type.

Make your calories count by choosing high-quality foods from the different food groups. One-fifth of a medium avocado, or about one ounce, has 50 calories and contributes nearly 20 beneficial nutrients, 3 grams of carbohydrates and less than one gram of sugar per serving, to one's diet.