Chef and cookbook author Leticia Moreinos Schwartz is passionate about healthy cooking and eating and aims to help people make better food choices. With November being National Diabetes Month, she joined forces with Merck to encourage people to see the new A&E documentary “A Touch of Sugar” that airs on November 23 at 10:30am ET and is also On Demand. and is narrated by award-winning actor Viola Davis.

A distressing statistic is that Type 2 diabetes is expected to affect more than 50% of Hispanic men and women in the U.S. over their lifetimes and A Touch of Sugar aims to explain this health crisis in a thought-provoking way and brings up the topic of America’s Diabetes Challenge.

Chef Leticia Moreinos Schwartz is from Brazil and has always loved cook, but gravitated toward healthier options, even though she does appreciate a delicious splurge every now and then. She made her bones at many popular restaurants and authored hit cookbook My Rio de Janeiro: A Cookbook.

She became a spokesperson for America’s Diabetes Challenge, a campaign by Merck and the American Diabetes Association in 2013.

Chef Leticia Moreinos Schwartz spoke with Michelle Tompkins for The Hollywood Digest about her culinary background, why she is passionate about Type 2 Diabetes, what makes Merck documentary ‘A Touch of Sugar” special, what is the America’s Diabetes Challenge and more.

Chef Leticia Moreinos Schwartz can be seen in the A&E documentary A Touch of Sugar On Demand on A&E. Learn more about it here.