“An independent panel of 22 experts, including nutritionists, dietitians, cardiologists and diabetelogists reviewed 20 popular diet profiles that were developed by reporters and editors at U.S. News and World Report. Categories were then created to rate the nutrition plans, including Best Weight-Loss Diets, Best Heart-Healthy Diets, Best Diabetes Diets, Best Diets Overall and Best Commercial Diet Plans.”
What does DASH stand for? It is an abbreviation for Dietary Approach to Stop Hypertension.
But it gets even better, because WebMD says that the DASH diet might also boost brain power! They cite a study that showed that people who followed the diet, “experienced a 30% improvement in brain function as well as lower blood pressure, improved their cardiovascular fitness, and lost an average of 19 pounds by the end of the study.”
DASH Diet Overview
The DASH diet is a pretty mainstream way to eat. When you are on it, you’ll eat a variety of servings of grains and grain products, fruits, vegetables, low fat or nonfat dairy foods, lean fish, meats and poultry, nuts, seeds and legumes, and even a limited amount of sweets and fats.
And if you’re interested, we have a series of posts about which foods lower blood pressure, which vegetables help lower blood pressure, and herbs and supplements that help reduce blood pressure.
Have you ever tried the DASH diet? Was it successful for you in relation to blood pressure and weight loss? Leave a comment.
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