The Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) is ranked as one of the best diets for health. With so many diets being talked about thee days, what makes the DASH diet stand out? How is it different from the Keto diet or the traditional Atkins diet? Is it really good for you?

The DASH diet is not a weight loss diet. So if you are looking for a diet that helps you in quickly dropping the kilos, this is not for you. This is a diet aimed at improving cardiovascular health. The primary goal of this diet is to reduce the blood pressure, thereby improving cardiovascular health. Weightloss, if any, is a byproduct. 

What is the DASH way of eating?

If you eat according to the DASH diet, you will eat a lot of fresh fruit and vgetables every day. Your diet will comprise of healthy and nutritious whole grains. You will consume low fat or fat free dairy. You will eat lean meats like poultry and fish. You will NOT eat any read meat. You will NOT drink any sugary drinks or alcohol. 

This diet encourages low consumption of salt, sugar and fat. But there is no exclusion of any food groups. So you don’t need to give up carbs or dairy.

The cardiovascular benefits of adopting this diet are amazing. Adopting this way of eating has been shown to cut down the risk of heart failure by 50% – this is better than any medicine!

The best thing about DASH diet is that it is easy to follow and adopt as a way of life. Because you do not have to exclude any food groups, this diet has an advantage over other fad diets like Keto or Atkins etc. This makes it easier to be integrated into your life for good.

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Lavanya Mehra


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