DASH is an eating plan that lowers the amount of salt or sodium eaten every day. Sodium is another name for salt. Too much sodium increases blood pressure.
The DASH eating plan also recommends less fat and sugar and more fresh fruits and vegetables. Fresh fruits and vegetables are rich in fiber and other nutrients that help lower blood pressure. Following the DASH eating plan can help you eat fewer calories and lose weight.
Reduced-sodium products and salt substitutes likely contain potassium chloride as a main ingredient. This substance may harm people who have certain medical conditions, such as diabetes and kidney disease. You can limit salt intake without using salt substitutes.
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You can visit the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute for more information on the DASH diet and how it can help you. Click here to learn more.