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Hispanic Millennial Caregivers Want Better Heart Healthy Diet Info
New York Ag Connection - 06/08/2018

With the majority of U.S. Hispanic Millennials (73%) serving as caregivers to their aging parents, grandparents and other family members in some capacity, Aguacates Frescos - Saborea Uno Hoy took a pulse check on their knowledge about heart health nutrition. Hispanics continue to face higher risks for heart disease than non-Hispanics because of high rates of high blood pressure, obesity and diabetes. As caregivers are typically responsible for grocery shopping and the preparation of meals, they have an important opportunity to help reduce risk factors facing their loved ones through education and lifestyle changes, including having on hand more heart healthy foods like fresh avocados.

While it is a source of great cultural pride within the Hispanic community to provide assistance for the older generations, nearly half (44%) of caregivers polled admitted feeling stressed and even at times overwhelmed by the responsibility. The survey of Hispanic adults revealed the majority are worried about the heart health of their aging loved ones and want more information to help them incorporate more heart-healthy foods into meal plans. Education that fresh avocados can help reduce the risk of heart disease because they are good sources of fiber, have naturally good fats and have no cholesterol nor sodium, was well received with more than 90% expressing peace of mind and over 90% intending to research more recipes and meal options including avocados.

"It's a beautiful tradition within the Hispanic community to become a caregiver to our parents and abuelitos as they get older," said Sylvia Melendez-Klinger, registered dietitian and Saborea Uno Hoy spokesperson. "The duty is a great source of happiness but can also be challenging if we don't have the right resources, including insights on which foods are good for the heart. Resources like offer support in both English and Spanish including nutrition tips and delicious recipes certified by the American Heart Association as heart healthy."

The survey further revealed a prevailing misperception among Hispanics about dietary fat. Over 75% of Hispanic Millennial Caregivers incorrectly agreed that it is best to avoid all fats in foods as much as possible. For all ages, fat is a major source of energy that helps the body absorb nutrients from foods. Saturated fats (and trans fats) are often labeled "bad fats" because they tend to raise "bad" (LDL) cholesterol levels in the blood and increase the risk for heart disease. The U.S. Department of Agriculture's MyPlate program advises cutting back on foods containing saturated fats and trans-fats to lower the risk of heart diseaseii. "Good" (unsaturated) fats, like those naturally found in fresh avocados, however, are beneficial, a great substitute for foods high in bad fats and do not raise cholesterol levels.

Healthy eating is relevant at all ages. Saborea Uno Hoy is a science-based food and wellness education program developed to encourage Americans to include fresh avocados in everyday healthy eating plan.

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