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15. The DASH Diet

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15. The DASH Diet

A diet that reduces the intake of salt, the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension or the DASH diet was made for those with high blood pressure and to reduce the risk of heart disease. It is also thought to decrease cancer and diabetes risk.

Typical meal: One whole-wheat bagel with two tablespoons of peanut butter

What the diet advocate says: DASH is a flexible and balanced eating plan that helps create a heart-healthy eating style for life. The DASH eating plan requires no special foods and instead provides daily and weekly nutritional goals. 

What the expert says: Though a relatively healthy diet, ‘it’s also another diet that encourages low-fat dairy which means you’re not absorbing Vitamins A, D, E and K.’

'Vitamin D is hard to get from a diet but milk is a great source. When you’re removing the fat, you’re reducing the absorption.' Nutritionist Jenna Hope notes that the diet is however heavily fibre-based, which is great for your gut health.

'I would only recommend it to those with high blood pressure, essentially who the diet was created for, as cutting out regular dairy is not essential.'

Verdict: A step forward in the right direction to reduce extra salt intake or sugary snacks. However, it's not necessary to only consume low-fat dairy unless your GP has stated otherwise.

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