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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What to Avoid
Along with sodium, sweets, processed foods, red meat, and sugary beverages, excessive alcohol is not recommended on the DASH diet. Drinking too much alcohol can increase blood pressure and the Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommends men limit alcohol to no more than two drinks a day and limit women to one drink or less. While the DASH diet doesn't address caffeine consumption, it can cause your blood pressure to rise, at the very least, temporarily. If you have high blood pressure, you may want to talk to your doctor about your caffeine consumption to be safe.