Why do you think DASH is the best?
After researching different diets it is my professional opinion that this diet best represents what the human body is designed to eat. It includes all the food groups and emphasizes low fat foods, eating less meat and eating more produce. After seeing the health benefits associated with this diet, and learning about our body's nutrient needs, I feel this is the best diet to recommend hands down. This really is what your body needs.
What do you eat on the DASH diet?
For a 2000 calorie diet you need:
- 7-8 servings of whole grain (7-8 ounces)
- 4-5 servings of vegetables (2-2.5 cups)
- 4-5 servings of fruits (2-2.5 cups)
- 2-3 servings nonfat dairy (16 ounces)
- 2 or less servings of meat (6 ounces or less)
- 1 serving of nuts, seeds, and legumes (1/2 cup)
- 2-3 servings of fats and oils (3 teaspoons oil)
- Less than 5 sweets per week.
It may sound simple, but I dare you to try it for a week. Getting 10 servings of fruits and vegetables a day takes work and believe me, if you are eating like this you won't have room for sweets.
What makes it so beneficial?
This diet was originally designed to help combat high blood pressure. It is high in calcium, potassium, and magnesium which are important for regulating blood pressure (and bone health). It is also low in fat which is good for your heart. It is high in fiber which helps protect you agains things like diverticulits and colon cancer. It is low in calories which helps with weight loss but it is also large in volume which keeps you full. It helps you maintain a healthy weight which protects agains type 2 diabetes. It is high in phytonutrients and antioxidants which decrease your risk of cancer. I could go on, but you get the point. Pretty much every disease plaguing America today can be prevented by following the DASH diet. Now when you are talking about diets with your friends you can tell them that you know which diet is the best, hands down, and you can tell them why.
Let me know how it goes trying to follow this diet for a week!