Get the scoop on this popular eating plan.
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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Guide to Servings
On the DASH diet, you can have 6-8 servings of whole grains like whole wheat bread, brown rice, or whole wheat pasta, 4-5 servings of fresh fruit, 4-5 servings of vegetables, 2-3 servings of low-fat dairy like skim milk or low-fat yogurt, and six or fewer ounces of lean meat like chicken or fish. In addition to these daily requirements, you can also have 4-5 servings of nuts, seeds, and legumes per week, 2-3 servings of fats and oils, and five or fewer servings of sweets.
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