Eating well for a healthy heart: DASH diet to the rescue (part 1)
Almost a third of all deaths in the West are linked to cardiovascular diseases. Among the various factors directly related to this incidence, are several that can be controlled with a healthy lifestyle.
February being the Heart Month, this is the perfect time to adopt good eating habits to improve cardiovascular health.
DASH diet to the rescue
The DASH diet (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) is an eating plan that helps prevent and control hypertension. It favors fruits, vegetables and dairy products or low-fat alternatives. It also advocates whole grain products, poultry, fish and nuts. Red meat, sweets and fats are almost absent here.
Since 1997, when an American study involving 459 persons demonstrated how effective this diet was in reducing blood pressure, the DASH diet has become the favored approach by official institutions such as the American Heart Association.
Although a comparison with Canada’s Food Guide reveals several common points, the DASH diet recommends larger amounts of fruits and vegetables. It also defines accurate daily servings for nuts, seeds and legumes.