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What is a DASH Diet?

What is the DASH diet?

The DASH diet (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) is a diet promoted by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute which is a part of the NIH, a United States government organization, to control hypertension.

Typical DASH Diet

A major feature of the DASH diet plan is limiting intake of sodium.

It also generally encourages the consumption of:

  • nuts,
  • whole grains,
  • fish,
  • poultry,
  • fruits and
  • vegetables

while lowering the consumption of:

  • red meats,
  • sweets, and
  • sugar.

It is also “rich in potassium, magnesium, and calcium, as well as protein and fiber.

What is the DASH diet based on?

The DASH diet is based on NIH studies that examined three dietary plans and their results...

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