Highly effective blood pressure diet may also cut heart failure risk

By Brittany A. Roston | Slashgear

The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) funded a number of studies that ultimately resulted in the formation of a heart-healthy diet called Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH). A number of studies have found that eating the DASH diet reduces both high blood pressure and cholesterol risk, and now a new study has joined them revealing that DASH eaters may also have lower heart failure risk, as well.

According to the American Heart Association, the DASH diet requires consumers to limit the amount of salt, red meat, and added-sugar foods they consume while putting an emphasis on healthy foods like poultry, whole grains, nuts, fish, and other products low in saturated fat. The NIH provides a DASH meal plan here (PDF).

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