Section: Why the DASH Diet?

The DASH Diet Difference

DASH stands for "Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension."

Also known as high blood pressure, one in three adults have hypertension.  After age 65, the number increases to two out of three.  In addition, one out of four adults has pre-hypertension.  High blood pressure raises your risk of heart disease, stroke, and kidney disease, and most people don't know they have it.

Evidence has shown the DASH eating style to be lower in sodium and higher in potassium, calcium, magnesium, and fiber.  DASH creates a synergy between nutrients that helps lower blood pressure, potenially as much as one prescription medication.  What's more, the benefits of DASH extend beyond hypertension to a decreased risk of developing certain cancers, diabetes, and osteoporosis.

DASH has been called a "diet for all diseases" and can benefit everyone. Making a few simple changes one step at a time can lead you down a path of good health. 

The 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute and American Heart Association recommend following the DASH eating plan because of the dramatic difference some simple changes can make. 

Take the Rate Your Plate quiz and see how you can begin with the DASH eating plan.

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Take the Rate Your Plate Quiz to see where to begin with the DASH eating style.