Hypertension / DASH
The Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) diet continues to outrank all others as the best overall diet in the U.S. News & World Report annual ranking. It is a high-protein and high-fiber diet that comprises primarily whole grains, vegetables, fruits, low-fat dairy foods, and lean sources of protein (poultry, red meat, fish, nuts, and beans). The diet is effective in lowering blood pressure and in lowering serum uric acid levels by reducing foods high in sodium and increasing magnesium, calcium, and potassium intake. The diet is low in saturated fat, total fat, and cholesterol. It encourages reducing sugar intake and is also an appropriate diet for patients with diabetes.