Diet has a significant role in disease development and protection, particularly when it comes to certain diseases like diabetes. More recently, the quality of carbohydrates and fats has been examined more closely for their impact on health. Epidemiologic studies have revealed that consumption of refined carbohydrate-containing diets and/or diets high in saturated fat may be associated with increased prevalence of type 2 diabetes and risk for coronary heart disease. Dietary patterns emphasizing certain nutrients, such as monounsaturated fats (MUFA), while decreasing other components, such as saturated fats or refined, readily digestible carbohydrates, may have favorable effects on cardio-metabolic health. Fresh avocados are a distinctive fruit characterized by their nutrient profile that includes MUFA, dietary fiber and several essential micronutrients and bioactive phytochemicals.
A study published in the journal Nutrients (September 2018) investigated the strategy of incorporating fresh avocados into a breakfast meal (replacing mainly carbohydrates with fat by adding unsaturated fats from avocados) on postprandial markers of metabolic and vascular health. Researchers looked at changes in glycemic indices along with changes in markers of endothelial function, inflammation and oxidative stress/damage – each having a role in cardiometabolic health.
Tune in to this episode with guest Erin Palinski-Wade RD, CDE, LDN, CPT to learn about:
The potential role of fresh avocados in cardiometabolic health and glycemic management in overweight or obese adults Why nutrient-dense foods like fresh avocados are a good choice for people with diabetes The potential benefits of nutrient combinations such as fat and fiber on satiety Dietary habits and other lifestyle factors known to impact diabetes that may improve with mindful eating Strategies for incorporating mindful eating into diabetes management Registered Dietitians, Dietetic Technicians, and Certified Diabetes Educators can earn 1.0 FREE CEU for listening to this podcast episode. This episode is sponsored by Fresh Avocados – Love One Today®
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