How Fresh Avocados Can Help Treat Heart Disease

This Father’s Day (and always), Fresh Avocados – Love One Today® encourages families to take a closer look at the heart health of the men in their care and ways nutrition promotes healthier living. The Center for Disease Control reports that Hispanic men have a higher risk for high blood pressure, obesity, and diabetes, which puts them at a greater risk for heart disease, compared to non-Hispanic men. And, in fact, 1 out of 4 Hispanic men dies of stroke or heart disease. The good news is that most of the risk factors can be prevented or controlled with education and changes in lifestyle like better nutrition. New Heart-Check certified fresh avocado recipes are now available at to help families fit more fruits and vegetables into a healthy lifestyle as recommended by the American Heart Association (AHA).

Family members responsible for planning meals, traditionally women in Hispanic households, are urged to take the opportunity to show their love by proactively reducing the risk factors for heart disease each time they shop for groceries. The AHA and the Dietary Guidelines for Americans agree that replacing bad fats (saturated fats) for good fats (unsaturated fats) like those found in fresh avocados is associated with reduced risk of cardiovascular disease. Further, healthy avocados are a good source of fiber and eating foods rich in fiber has also been linked to reducing the risk of heart disease, obesity and diabetes.

“Hispanic women should feel confident and empowered knowing the fresh avocados in their shopping baskets are doing more for their families beyond delivering great taste,” said Sylvia Melendez-Klinger, registered dietitian and HAB spokesperson. “Fresh avocados are truly a versatile fruit. Not just in the way they can be served, but also in the many health benefits for men and the whole family.”

As radical diet overhauls can be hard to follow, the Dietary Guidelines for Americans emphasizes making small dietary shifts to work towards an overall healthy eating pattern. Simple changes like cooking recipes especially designed to be heart-healthy as well as delicious such as Grilled Chicken Breasts with Fresh Avocado Chimichurri Sauce can help make a difference.

Love One Today® is a science-based food and wellness education program developed to encourage Americans to include fresh avocados in everyday healthy eating plan to help increase fruit and vegetable intake and as a delicious, cholesterol-free, whole food source of naturally good fats. To find more easy-to-prepare AHA Heart-Check certified recipes featuring healthy avocados, please visit

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