Wednesday, February 5, 2014

DASH Diet Takes Center Stage

The diet that has been traditionally prescribed by clinical nutritionists for decades to control hypertension, has just been deemed the "best" diet for weight loss by the medical community. It's actually a diet that would benefit most Americans as part of a lifelong wellness program.
DASH stands for Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension. It is a reduced sodium, low-fat plan high in fruits, vegetables, low-fat dairy products, and whole grains that has proven to reduce blood pressure. In many cases, a sodium restriction alone is not the end-all solution, since not all hypertension is sodium sensitive. That's not to say that most Americans get way more salt than they need, and we could all benefit from consuming less of it.
The diet rankings were based on reviews of 32 diets by a panel of experts in diet, nutrition, diabetes, weight loss, and heart health. The experts like its overall nutrition, safety, and ability to control or prevent diabetes and help heart health.The experts rated the diets for short-term and long-term weight loss, how easy they are to follow, and safety and nutrition. The report wins approval from Connie Diekman, RD, director of university nutrition for Washington University in St. Louis.
For a more comprehensive DASH diet plan, visit the Department of Health and Human Services link; DASH
~ U.S. News & World Report.


  1. The reason the DASH study was so successful at controlling blood pressure had nothing to do with the fact that it was a low-sodium diet. It had to do with the fact that it was a LOW-SUGAR diet, also rich in potassium-rich fruits and vegetables. For more on this topic, read, Dr. Brownstein's: SALT, Why You Need it and Why You Can't Live without it. We're in the year 2014...long enough for us to know that low sodium diets are mostly a waste of time. I did NOT say we should eat refined salt or "foods" (food like items), containing cheap salt, but that we should not be mislead into thinking it's the "low-sodium"' part of a diet that leads to control of blood pressure. I can't believe that people are still falling for this low-sodium nonsense. IF you have sensitivity to sodium intake, I would look at what kind of sodium you're taking in before you go on a misguided low-sodium diet.

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