Dash Diet and Recipes | High blood pressure affects more than a billion people worldwide and that number is rising.
In fact, the number of people with high blood pressure has doubled in the last 40 years a serious health concern, as high blood pressure is linked to a higher risk of conditions such as heart disease, kidney failure and stroke.
As diet is thought to play a major role in the development of high blood pressure, scientists and policymakers have engineered specific dietary strategies to help reduce it.
This app examines the DASH diet, which was designed to combat high blood pressure and reduce people's risk of heart disease.
What Is the DASH Diet?
Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension, or DASH, is a diet recommended for people who want to prevent or treat hypertension also known as high blood pressure and reduce their risk of heart disease.
The DASH diet focuses on fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean meats.
The diet was created after researchers noticed that high blood pressure was much less common in people who followed a plant-based diet, such as vegans and vegetarians.
Thats why the DASH diet emphasizes fruits and vegetables while containing some lean protein sources like chicken, fish and beans. The diet is low in red meat, salt, added sugars and fat.
Scientists believe that one of the main reasons people with high blood pressure can benefit from this diet is because it reduces salt intake.
The regular DASH diet program encourages no more than 1 teaspoon (2,300 mg) of sodium per day, which is in line with most national guidelines.
The lower-salt version recommends no more than 3/4 teaspoon (1,500 mg) of sodium per day.
The DASH diet was designed to reduce high blood pressure. While rich in fruits, vegetables and lean proteins, it restricts red meat, salt, added sugars and fat.