DASH your way to good health, weight loss

DASH diet plan The results are in! U.S. News & World Report has ranked the DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) diet the best overall eating plan for the seventh year in a row. A panel of experts evaluated 38 diets to come up with their recommendation.

DASH is based on research backed by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute and promotes:

  • Eating mostly vegetables, fruit and fat-free or low-fat dairy products.
  • Including whole grains, fish, poultry, beans, seeds, nuts and vegetable oils.
  • Limiting sodium, sweets, trans and saturated fats, sugar-sweetened drinks and red meat.

Using the diet, along with other lifestyle changes such as staying active, not smoking and maintaining a healthy weight, can help reduce your risk of heart disease by lowering high blood pressure and LDL (bad) cholesterol levels, as well as reducing type 2 diabetes risk. Speak with your doctor to find out if you could benefit from adopting DASH.