What is the DASH Diet? sponsored by Baton Rouge Clinic

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.