Q:  My doctor recommended the Dash Diet for me. Can you give me some information about the Dash Diet?


Toni Kuehneman, MS, RD, LMNT
Alegent Creighton Health
Cardiac Dietitian

A: High blood pressure affects more than 65 million—or 1 in 3—American adults.

The Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension, or  the DASH Diet is an eating plan that helps lower blood pressure.

The DASH Diet is rich in fruits, vegetables, low fat or nonfat dairy foods, low in sodium, with reduced saturated fat, trans fat and total fat can lower blood pressure. The diet plan retains the blood pressure benefits of a vegetarian diet and Mediterranean diet, but includes enough meat, dairy, and healthy fats to make it acceptable to the general population. The DASH diet along with exercise and weight management is a health-promoting plan.  Find out more about the DASH diet.


Resources

ChooseMyPlate has additional resources to help you cut back on salt, including this in-depth report about High Blood Pressure. 

Supertracker

Supertracker lets you create a personal plan tailored for you. You'll learn what and how much to eat. Supertracker online tools:

  • Food-A-Pedia
    Look up nutrition info for over 8,000 foods and compare foods side-by-side.  

  • Food Tracker
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  • My Top 5 Goals
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