January 15, 2012

'Best Diet' helps health, not just weight

If you’re looking to lower your blood pressure or seeking a new healthy eating plan, you might want to try the DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) diet that was ranked the best diet of 2012, by U.S. News & World Report.

This is the second year in a row that U.S. News named the DASH diet as the “best diet overall.” A panel of 22 medical experts on diet, obesity, nutrition, diabetes and heart disease developed the rankings list.

“It’s not just the latest fad diet in terms of weight loss,” said Marla Heller, the author of the best-selling “The DASH Diet Action Plan” and a certified nutritionist in Northbrook. “It’s the only diet plan that’s been proven to improve health.”

The DASH diet emphasizes fruits, vegetables, whole grains, fish, poultry, low-fat dairy products, nuts and legumes – foods that are low in saturated fat and cholesterol.