8. DASH Diet
Short for Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension, the DASH diet is great for those who want to control high blood pressure. It consists in whole grains, vegetables, fruits, legumes, nuts, and low-fat dairy products. While following this type of diet, you should also limit high-sodium processed foods, like red and processed meats, sugar-sweetened drinks, and sweets.
“This diet was developed as a way for eating habits to help prevent and control high blood pressure, and research since then has resulted in it becoming one of the eating patterns recommended for reducing risk of cardiovascular disease,” Collins says.
Even if there is a small evidence that the DASH diet is linked with a lower risk of colorectal cancer, we can’t neglect the scientifically proven benefits of following this type of diet such as lowering blood pressure, aiding in weight loss efforts, and slowing down the progression of osteoporosis.
“This makes sense since this style of eating includes higher amounts of dietary fiber, vegetables and fruits, and dairy products (and therefore calcium),” Collins says.