High Blood Pressure (DASH) diet

The DASH diet stands for “Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension”. It was developed by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to help people control their blood pressure through food choices.

This diet promotes vegetables, fruits and whole grains. It discourages intake of salty foods, sugars and saturated fats like red meat and full fat dairy. It recommends a total calorie limit based on age, gender and activity.

Key is limiting our sodium intake. Aim for no more than 1500 mg or 2300 mg a day depending on if you have high blood pressure.

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Foods that are restricted include:
Salty food and food with lots of added salt.
Salty cheeses.
Full-fat dairy.
Oils and fats that are high in saturated fat.
Very fatty and salty meats.

Foods that are maybe OK in some instances include:
Alcohol.
Refined grains.
Fatty meat and poultry.
Sugars.

Note: Consult your doctor before making any changes to your diet.

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