Hispanic Family Nutrition Study

Hispanic Americans are disproportionately more likely to be overweight or obese than non-Hispanic white adults, making them more susceptible to heart disease and stroke risk factors. Unfortunately, all Americans fail to meet federal food recommendations but intake of added sugars, saturated fat, and sodium are even higher among Hispanic Americans.

In working towards building the foremost body of credible and comprehensive avocado nutrition health science, the Avocado Nutrition Center supported a study that was published in the Journal Nutrients. In the clinical trial of 72 Hispanic American (97% Mexican) families consisting of at least three people, researchers assessed two levels of avocado intake (3 avocados/family/week vs.14 avocados/family/week) combined with MyPlate nutrition education. Despite the extra calories, families eating 3 (720 extra calories) or 14 (3,360 extra calories) avocados per week experienced no changes in body weight, BMI, or waist circumference. As with all research, findings from a single study should not be generalized yet this study suggests including fresh avocados in nutrition education to support weight management while reducing the overconsumption of saturated fat and sodium for Hispanic families.

Fresh avocados are a staple in most Latin American cuisine. Though technically a fruit, Federal Food Recommendations (MyPlate) counts avocados as a vegetable and recommends that adults eat 2-3 cups of vegetables per day, depending on calorie needs. One avocado counts as one cup of vegetables. Fresh avocados are a healthy and versatile ingredient to add flavor and nutrients to various meals and snacks.

HAB created a handout to help health professionals show their clients how to use fresh avocados as a culturally-appropriate intervention to improve nutrition status of Hispanic American Families. HAB also created a consumer companion handout that highlights how to include fresh avocados in simple nutritious family meals.

View the downloadable resources here

Other Happenings

Investment to Redefine Avocado’s Value Paying Off as Wellness Trends Shift

May 16, 2022

Focusing on redefining the value of avocados lines up with post-pandemic wellness trends to prioritize prevention. Campaigns contextualize the health benefits of avocados, driving timely advocacy.

HAB Webinar: Leveraging Avocado’s Nutrition Story to Drive Demand

May 9, 2022

Adopting a healthy way of eating is top-of-mind for many shoppers and now is the time to tap into the nutritional benefits of the avocado to help drive demand. Learn more about accessing HAB’s library of free tools to help you communicate the avocado’s nutrition story to shoppers.

Study Shows Relationship Between Avocado Consumption and Risk of Cardiovascular Disease in U.S. Adults

April 25, 2022

According to a study that was published on March 30, 2022, in the Journal of the American Heart Association, there are additional benefits of consuming avocados, and you can read that study here: