Heart Disease

DASH vs American diet


Many thanks to Jamie Toff, a health and boxing coach, for this week’s note. Jamie spotted an article entitled “DASH diet may reduce CVD risks by 10% with greater benefits for women and Black adults, experts flag” (Ref 1).

The article behind the headline was “Effects of diet on 10-years atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease risk (from the DASH trial)” and it was written by Jeong et al (Ref 2).

The DASH Diet

DASH stands for Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (Ref 3). The diet was first introduced in 1997. It is promoted by the National Institute of Health’s National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHBLI) for reducing blood pressure. It is regularly heralded in studies as one of the “Best Overall Diets.”

The DASH diet recommends the following servings from each food group for a 2,000-calorie-a-day diet (Ref 4):

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