DASH Diet Ranks #1

Monday May 13, 2013

The best diet plan for overall health may not cost a thing.

A new ranking of diets by U.S. News & World Report gives top honors for best overall diet to the DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) diet.

Originally developed by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute to lower blood pressure, the diet plan is available free online.

Experts also ranked top diets in seven other categories, including weight loss, diabetes, heart-healthy, commercial, easiest to follow, plant-based, and healthy eating.

Weight Watchers won best weight loss diet as well as easiest to follow and best commercial diet.

The DASH diet tied with The Biggest Loser diet as the best diet plan to prevent and manage diabetes. The DASH diet was also named best diet for healthy eating, while the Mediterranean diet won best plant-based diet.

How do I start the DASH diet, you ask?  The diet is based on plant-based foods, therefore, including at least 5 servings of fruits and vegetables daily is a great way to get started.  Also, don’t forget about low fat dairy.  Two to three servings per day is recommended.  Lastly, are you adding salt to your foods?  One way to lower blood pressure immediately is to reduce your added salt.  Choose citrus, fresh herbs, and spices to flavor foods.

To find out more about this diet plan or any nutrition concerns, contact the dietitians at the UNC Wellness Center.

Source:  WebMD.com