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What is the Dash Diet?

The DASH diet (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) is a dietary pattern that is designed to lower blood pressure and improve overall health. It emphasizes the consumption of whole foods, including vegetables, fruits, whole grains, lean protein sources, and healthy fats, and limits the intake of salt, added sugars, and unhealthy fats.

The DASH diet is rich in nutrients that are important for maintaining healthy blood pressure, such as potassium, magnesium, and calcium. It is also low in saturated fat and cholesterol, which can contribute to high blood pressure.

In addition to its potential benefits for blood pressure, the DASH diet has been associated with a reduced risk of heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, and other health conditions. It may also be helpful for weight management and reducing the risk of certain types of cancer.

The DASH diet can be modified to meet the individual needs and preferences of different people, and it is generally recommended to consult with a healthcare professional or registered dietitian to determine the appropriate calorie and nutrient intake for your individual needs.