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DASH Diet Named #1 by US News

June 13, 2011

The government endorsed DASH diet has claimed the top pick in the US News' 20 Best Diets Overall!

The full rankings, released last week, were carefully determined by a panel of health experts and based on the diet's practicality, nutritional value, safety, weight loss results, and prevention of disease.

Medically speaking, DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) is generally recommended for people struggling with high-blood pressure, but the good eating habits encouraged by the diet are a positive choice for anyone looking to improve health and wellness.

In order to reduce sodium levels and their blood pressure, the DASH dieters are encouraged to adopt an eating plan rich in vegetables, fruit, whole grains, and lean sources of protein. Meat is not forbidden, but red meat is limited, as are salts, sweets, fats, and alcohol. Best of all, the diet emphasizes whole foods and strongly discourages sodium-heavy processed foods.

Sounds like good ideas to us!

At IIN we understand that no one diet works for everyone. We explore different ways of eating in order to create a personalized approach that is appropriate for the individual depending on their age, health, activity level, where they live, personal tastes and preferences. This is Integrative Nutrition’s core concept of bio-individuality. For more information about bio-individuality, see our nutrition information glossary.

If the DASH diet sounds as good to you as it did to US News, there are lots of resources (like this brief overview in a PDF) to help you get started. The DASH diet books offer additional advice, like recipes, guidance for eating out, and weight loss support.

If DASH doesn't sound like your cup of tea, though, check out the 100 different Dietary Theories taught at Integrative Nutrition.

Have you tried the DASH diet? What are your dieting experiences?