New tools for Hispanic diabetics
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Institutes of Health aim to help U.S. Hispanic diabetics enjoy traditional food, officials say.
A guide, Mas que comida, es vida —
It”²s more than food, it”²s life — provides new tools to Hispanics to prepare traditional foods in a more healthy way.
A few simple adjustments can make these dishes healthier and lower in fat and calories, Betsy Rodriguez of the National Diabetes Education Program”²s Hispanic/Latino Work Group says in a statement.
It is written in English and Spanish and includes a recipe booklet,
Tasty Recipes for People with Diabetes and Their Families, that offers food ideas specifically designed for the Hispanic palate. Among the recipes included are: Spanish omelet, beef or turkey stew, Caribbean red snapper, two cheese pizza and avocado tacos.
Compared to whites, Hispanics are disproportionately affected by diabetes — more than 10 percent of Hispanics age 20 and older have diagnosed diabetes. Among Hispanics, rates of diabetes are 8.2 percent for Cubans, 11.9 percent for Mexican-Americans and 12.6 percent for Puerto Ricans.
Meal preparation is a critical component of diabetes control, Rodriquez said.
Studies show that overweight or obese individuals can prevent or delay diabetes by losing just 5 percent to 7 percent of their total weight.
The recipe booklet is available at www.ndep.nih.gov or by calling 1-888-693-NDEP.