DASH stands for Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension and was developed by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute. It was introduced back in 1997 and has been touted by the medical community as one of the best and most result producing diets for weight-loss lowering blood pressure and improving health.
The big focus is on fruits, veggies, whole grains, poultry, beans and nuts. Lowering or eliminating daily added sugars, and sodium are staples of the plan as well. Dozens of studies show that the plan works well for most individuals that have moderate hypertension and is a pretty solid format for anyone to follow. Some folks would need to modify certain aspects depending on how well they did or did not fair with whole grains and dairy, but otherwise it is good to go!
In fact, a recent University of Rhode Island study showed that study participants lowered their bad LDL cholesterol, blood pressure and dropped an average of seven pounds in ten weeks when the diet was paired with strength training. That sounds pretty good!