The DASH diet (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) is designed to help treat or prevent high blood pressure by encouraging whole foods over processed foods, while focusing on a good intake of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, fat-free or low-fat dairy, and lean meat, fish, and poultry. By eating a variety of foods rich in nutrients, this diet can help lower blood pressure and be a healthy way to lose weight.
DASH Diet suggested serving sizes for an 1,800-calorie diet:
• Grains – 7-8 servings/day
• Vegetables – 4 servings/day
• Fruit – 4 servings/day
• Fat-free or low-fat dairy – 2-3 servings/day
• Lean meats, poultry & fish – 2 servings or less/day
• Nuts, seeds & legumes – 2-3 servings/week
• Fats & oils – 2-3 servings/day
• Sweets & added sugars – 5 servings or fewer/week
For more information, visit The Baton Rouge Clinic’s website.