A new study expands the evidence that the Dash diet can help reduce the risk of high blood pressure. Researchers found that the eating plan even helps adults under the age of 75 avoid heart failure.
The study, published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, analyzed data from more than 4,500 people. Researchers followed the participants for more than 13 years to see how Dash diet, or the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension, makes changes in their blood pressure.
The eating plan focuses on fruits, vegetables, nuts, whole grains, poultry, fish and low-fat dairy products. The study states that there are certain foods that people should remove from their daily meals to maintain proper blood pressure.
Researchers said salt, red meat and sugar-sweetened foods and beverages could ruin the effects of the Dash diet. The diet also recommends reducing intake of full cream and alcoholic beverages.
Compiled by Olalekan Adeleye