DASH Diet Review

A diet for those with hypertension

Origin: This diet plan was developed by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute and is designed to help lower blood pressure in people who suffer from high blood pressure.

Description: The DASH diet is an eating plan for individuals who suffer from high blood pressure. It includes nutritious foods that won’t increase blood pressure. Furthermore, this plan encourages a sodium reduced diet. The plan includes menus and recipes.

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Likes: Vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low-fat dairy products, unsalted nuts and seeds and lean meat.

Dislikes: Salt, margarine, fatty meats, full-fat dairy products and products high in sodium.

Looking For: Individuals who suffer from high blood pressure, or hypertension.

Works Well With: Your local supermarket or health-food store.

This diet is not so much of a weight loss diet as it is a lifestyle diet, which is designed for individuals who suffer from high blood pressure -- hypertension. This diet would likely result in some weight loss for those who are overweight, since it eliminates high-fat ingredients and salt, which could lower blood pressure. According to the National Heart, Blood and Lung Institute, individuals who suffer from high blood pressure should lower their intake of sodium to 2,300 milligrams per day. Currently, most American men consume about 4,200 milligrams of sodium on a daily basis, and American women consume about 3,300 milligrams daily. This diet is certainly not restrictive: it allows for a 2,000 per day caloric intake and includes foods from all of the recommended groups. This diet plan does require some work. People who are using this diet plan must follow the diet as it is laid out in the book because you have to determine the amount of sodium you consume per day.