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Short Guide on What is DASH Diet?

By Malvika Kashyap

June 3, 2022

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DASH is for Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension, and it's a diet that's recommended for those who want to avoid or manage hypertension while also lowering their risk of  heart disease.

People who ate a plant-based diet, such as vegans and vegetarians, had lower blood pressure, which led to the development of the DASH diet.

As a result, the DASH diet prioritises fruits and vegetables while also including lean protein sources like chicken, fish, and legumes. Red meat, salt, added sugars &  fat limited in the diet.

One of the main reasons people with high blood pressure can benefit from this diet, according to scientists, is that it reduces salt intake.

Most national standards recommend no more than 1 teaspoon (2,300 mg) of sodium per day, which is what the DASH diet programme recommends.

The DASH diet has a number of potential benefits, including weight loss and a lower risk of cancer, in addition to lowering blood pressure.

Surprisingly, the DASH diet has been shown to reduce blood pressure in both healthy and hypertensive persons.

These low-salt DASH diet outcomes were particularly dramatic in patients with high blood pressure, lowering systolic and diastolic blood pressure by an average of 12 and 5 mmHg, respectively.

People may discover that by eliminating a lot of high-fat, sugary foods from their diet,  they immediately reduce their calorie intake and lose weight.

DASH may also have an impact on other aspects of health, including as cancer risk reduction, metabolic syndrome risk reduction, diabetes risk reduction, and heart disease risk reduction.

Healthy people may have little reason to adhere to this diet. However, if you have high blood pressure or suspect you are salt sensitive, DASH may be an excellent option for you.


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