What is DASH Eating Plan
The acronym for “dietary approaches to stop hypertension.” The DASH eating plan is the result of a pair of clinical research studies and features a diet high in fruits, vegetables, low-fat dairy products, whole grain products, and low in fats (particularly saturated fats) and sodium.
Numerous studies correlate dietary habits, particularly sodium consumption, with hypertension.
The DASH eating plan is appropriate for anyone to follow to maintain cardiovascular health. The plan, available through health-care providers and online from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) at www.nhlbi.nih.gov, features menus and extensive food choices to help people plan nutritious meals that help lower blood pressure.
It also provides guidelines for transitioning to more heart-healthy eating and other lifestyle habits.