There are many types of diets out there. And we definitely understand how difficult it can be to choose the good from the bad ones. So, if you’re interested in making some changes to your diet in order to maintain a strong heart, look no further than this article!
Good for Your Heart: The DASH Diet
The Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension a.k.a. the DASH diet was designed by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute in order to lower blood pressure and prevent hypertension. This type of diet is based on foods that are high in fiber, vitamins, and minerals, and low in saturated fat, salt, and sugar.
If you’re planning to follow this diet, you should know that your meals should be full of fruits and veggies, whole grains, beans, nuts, fish, poultry, and low-fat dairy. The DASH diet also means eating less fatty meats, sweets, and high-sodium processed foods.
Here’s a typical day on the DASH Diet:
- Breakfast—Yogurt with fruit and nuts.
- Lunch—Turkey and roasted vegetable sandwich on whole-wheat bread.
- Snack—Vegetables with hummus or guacamole for a snack.
- Dinner—Fish with vegetables and brown rice.