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New Sunflower Beverage Can Help Hispanics Better Manage Diabetes That Disproportionately Affects Them

Food allergy friendly, nondairy SoL Sunflower Beverage provides excellent nutrition, antioxidant protection, and less sugar for healthier recipes and snacks

Hope, MN - (April 5, 2012) - April is National Minority Health Month, and the occasion provides a great opportunity to raise awareness about health problems that are disproportionately plaguing America’s diverse and growing Hispanic community. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the lifetime risk estimates for developing diabetes is higher for both Hispanic men and women than for other ethnic groups. Hispanic women born in 2000 have a 52.5 percent risk of developing diabetes in their lifetime while Hispanic men have a 45.4 percent risk. That compares to a 31.2 percent risk for non-Hispanic white females and 26.7 percent risk among non-Hispanic white males and a 49.0 percent and a 40.2 percent risk among African American women and men respectively. Diabetes is the fifth leading cause of death among Hispanics in the United States today.

“Managing diabetes is challenging for everyone, but can be more so for families who want to enjoy traditional recipes that are beloved by multiple generations of their family,” said Christina Fitzgerald, MS, RD, LDN, of Nourished Nutrition and Wellness Services in Chicago. “Sunflower beverages like SoL can be substituted for dairy milk, cream and even sweetened condensed milk to deliver excellent nutrition without a lot of the saturated fats and sugars diabetics should limit in their diets.”

Available in Original, Vanilla, and Unsweetened flavors, SoL Sunflower Beverage can be found at health food stores, natural food retailers, and select supermarkets nationwide.

Below are some ideas for adding SoL Sunflower Beverage to family favorites without sacrificing taste:

  • Replace milk in rice pudding recipes with equal amounts of Unsweetened SoL. Reduce sugar in the recipe by 1/2 to 1/3 the normal amount. If additional sweetener is desired, rely on stevia or other natural sugar replacements.
  • Combine SoL Unsweetened with a fresh cubed mango, banana, a couple of ice cubes and stevia to taste for a delicious, creamy Mango Shake.
  • Use Unsweetened SoL to thicken up cream soups, stews, and other savory dishes without the extra fat and calories.

SoL Sunflower Beverage is made from wholesome, non-GMO sunflower kernels grown on American family farms. The creamy texture and refreshing taste make SoL a perfect milk substitute served chilled in a glass, in a smoothie, or in recipes. It’s also a perfect beverage choice for people with food allergies and sensitivities to dairy, gluten, wheat, soy, eggs, peanuts, and tree nuts.

SoL provides an excellent source of essential nutrients such as Vitamin E, Phosphorus, Folic Acid, Calcium and Vitamin D. Each 8 oz. serving delivers 50% of the recommended daily allowance for Vitamin E, 30% for Calcium, 25% for Vitamin D, and 20% for Folic Acid.

About Sunrich Naturals®

Sunrich Naturals, maker of SoL™ Refreshing Sunflower Beverage, has been working with American family farms to produce wholesome organic and natural foods for over 25 years. Sunrich Naturals ® believes that healthy, good food starts with a healthy, good Earth. This simple belief guides everything we do - how we work with farmers, handle and process our grains, and produce our natural and organic foods. Our products can be found in many fine supermarkets, natural food retailers, and health food stores nationwide.

Sunrich Naturals® is a brand of SunOpta Inc., a leader in natural and organic ingredients, raw materials and consumer products and the largest sunflower processor in the United States. 

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Healthy Living Marketing/ Common Language