Every five years, the Dietary Guidelines for Americans is reviewed and updated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Department of Health. The 2010 guidelines were published today, and not only outline what foods are best for us, but also for the first time give advice on what foods to avoid.
In the introductory summary of the document, the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH diet) is singled out as an eating plan that embodies the these updated dietary guidelines.
The DASH Diet is a way of eating that’s been proven to reduce blood pressure, and has also been recommended by the American Heart Association and the National Institute of Health. On this diet, you will eat lots of fruits, vegetables, low fat dairy products, lean meats, fish, poultry, nuts, beans and whole grains. This eating plan will not only help to lower your blood pressure, it’s also a safe and effective weight-loss diet.
The DASH diet is a healthy diet for everyone, not just people who suffer from hypertension, which is no doubt why it earns a mention in the 2010 Dietary Guidelines. The DASH Action Plan also outlines ways to exercise more, reduce your sodium intake and set healthy goals.