Sunday, November 03, 2019

How important is DASH?

Studies have found that the DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) menus containing 2,300 milligrams of sodium can lower blood pressure and that an even lower level of sodium, 1,500 milligrams, can further reduce blood pressure.

Research shows that high blood pressure can be prevented—and lowered—by following the DASH eating plan, which includes eating less sodium.

Research findings showed that blood pressures were reduced with an eating plan that is low in saturated fat, cholesterol, and total fat and that emphasizes fruits, vegetables, and fat-free or low-fat milk and milk products.

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 sodium; sweets, added sugars, and beverages containing sugar; fats; and red meats than the typical American diet.

The DASH eating plan follows heart healthy guidelines to limit saturated fat and cholesterol. It focuses on increasing intake of foods rich in nutrients that are expected to lower blood pressure, mainly minerals (like potassium, calcium, and magnesium), protein, and fiber.

It is a Mediterranean diet full of nutrients that are good for heart and good for body health. This eating plan is for 1,800 calories per day.
How important is DASH?

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