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.