What is the DASH eating plan?

The Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) diet is a healthy, well balanced diet that is low in fat, saturated fat, cholesterol, and sweets and high in whole grains, fruits, vegetables, and low- fat dairy products. Studies have soon that this diet can help lower your blood pressure. Following the DASH Diet along with watching the sodium in your diet, is the best combination for fighting high blood pressure.

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The DASH eating plan is rich in fruits, vegetables, fat-free or low-fat milk and milk products, whole grains, fish, poultry, beans, seeds, and nuts. It also contains less salt and sodium; sweets, added sugars, and sugar-containing beverages; fats; and red meats than the typical American diet. This heart healthy way of eating is also lower in saturated fat, trans fat, and cholesterol and rich in nutrients that are associated with lowering blood pressure—mainly potassium, magnesium, and calcium, protein, and fiber.
This answer is base on source information from  the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute has been reviewed and/or edited by Dr. William D. Knopf.

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