Study appears in the November issue of the Journal of American Dietetic Association
The popular DASH diet, established by the National Institutes of Health as a way to lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels, may have health benefits that go beyond its stated purpose of lowering peoples risk of heart disease, according to research published in the November issue of the Journal of the American Dietetic Association.
Researchers at Pennington Biomedical Research Center say the additional fruits, vegetables and whole grains that people consume while on the DASH--or Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension--diet provide "an abundance" of food compounds such as lycopene, beta carotene and isoflavones, which are increasingly associated with disease reduction.
"It therefore is possible that the health benefits of the DASH diet are partly attributable to the phytochemicals and might extend beyond cardiovascular disease reduction," according to registered dietitian and lead researcher Marlene M. Most.
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