DASH Diet 101: What You Need to Know

Get the scoop on this popular eating plan.

DASH Diet 101: What You Need to Know

As part of our Great Diet Showdown, Dr. Michael Roizen is giving us a closer look at the DASH plan to help you understand if it's right for you. The DASH Diet stands for Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension. It was originally developed by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute in order to lower blood pressure and promote healthy bodies. As always, make sure to speak to your physician before starting a new eating plan. Read on to get the scoop!

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It's Ranked #1

For several years in a row, health experts from US News & World Report have ranked the DASH Diet as the best diet overall because of its “nutritional completeness, safety, ability to prevent or control diabetes, and role in supporting heart health.” Research has shown that the DASH Diet can lower blood pressure in as little as two weeks. However, because it promotes a healthy way of eating, it offers health benefits besides just lowering blood pressure. It may provide protection against osteoporosis, cancer, heart disease, stroke and diabetes.

Watch: Dr. Oz Explains the Dash Diet

Want to help lower your risk of getting cancer? The answer could be in the food you eat! Dr. John Whyte, chief medical officer at WebMD and the author of "Take Control of Your Cancer Risk," says there are three kinds of foods that could really help prevent cancer: garlic, fish and grapes. And what three kinds of foods should you avoid? Red and processed meats, refined grains, and alcoholic and sugary drinks. Watch the videos below to learn more about how food could be connected to your cancer risk.