Posts Tagged ‘DASH diet’

World’s best and worst diets revealed!

Wednesday, January 15th, 2014

food_04_240x240_jan10The lemon detox diet – a two-week water, lemon juice, cayenne pepper and maple syrup fad – has been called the worst diet for the third year in a row, a survey has revealed.

According to a Dietitians Association of Australia survey of 200 members, the SkinnyMe tea and the Ashy Bines Bikini Body Challenge were placed in second and third positions.

On the same day that this research was released, the US News and World Report revealed their pick of the best and worst diets of 2014.

The new research termed DASH as the best diet plan as it has maximum flexibility and allows for all kinds of meats, fruits, vegetables and grains, but foods loaded with salt, sugar and fat are to be avoided.

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All about DASH diet

Monday, July 8th, 2013

Are you suffering from blood pressure? Here is a diet that claims to bring it under control it. Read on to know everything about DASH diet.

What is DASH diet

DASH stands for Dietary Approaches to Stop hypertension. DASH diet emphasises on eating more nutrients, and reducing the intake of food with no nutritional value. It also encourages you to have less sodium in your normal diet. Thus, this diet is designed for reducing hypertension.

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Diet and exercise go hand in hand: Sheela Tanna

Wednesday, December 26th, 2012

An experienced clinical dietician, nutrition specialist and a Reebok Certified Fitness Consultant, Sheela Tanna has counselled at various health camps.

She deals with lifestyle disease management like diabetes, blood pressure, cardio vascular diseases, obesity, PCOD etc. Her special interests include child nutrition, menopause management, arthitis, hair and skin care.

Sheela answered Sify readers’ queries related to diet and nutrition in an exlusive chat. Read the transcript below

Why is Protien a vital element is our diet and from where do we get it ?
proten is building block of our body.. We need it on regular basis for wear and tear of tissues.. Natural diet like dals, pulses,lean meat has enough protein..No need to buy supplements.

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More Indian youth suffering from heart diseases

Friday, September 28th, 2012

With an ever-increasing number of Indians suffering from heart diseases, a drastic change in lifestyle and eating habits is the need of the hour to tackle the alarming situation with a special focus on youth, say doctors.

Cardiovascular diseases would be the largest cause of death and disability in India by 2020 as per a World Health Organisation (WHO) report.

“The average age of people with heart ailments is coming down. We are getting patients as young as 20 years,” Neeraj Bhalla, senior consultant and director of the heart centre at BLK Super Specialty Hospital, said ahead of World Heart Day that is observed on September 29.

“In the next five to 10 years around 20 percent of the Indian population would be affected,” he added.

Atul Mathur, director of Invasive Cardiology at Fortis Escorts Heart Institute, said that patients under the age of 40 have increased from 10 percent a decade ago to 30 percent today.

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Bread beats chips as biggest salt source

Thursday, February 9th, 2012

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Bread and rolls are the No. 1 source of salt in the American diet, accounting for more than twice as much sodium as salty junk food like potato chips.

That surprising finding comes in a government report released Tuesday that includes a list of the top 10 sources of sodium. Salty snacks actually came in at the bottom of the list compiled by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

`Potato chips, pretzels, and popcorn – which we think of as the saltiest foods in our diet – are only No. 10,` said CDC Director Dr. Thomas Frieden.

Breads and rolls aren`t really saltier than many of the other foods, but people tend to eat a lot of them, said Mary Cogswell, a CDC senior scientist who co-authored the report.

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Eating beef daily can help lower `bad` cholesterol

Tuesday, December 20th, 2011

A new study has suggested that beef can play a role in a cholesterol-lowering diet, despite commonly held beliefs.

The study found that diets including lean beef every day are as effective in lowering total and LDL `bad` cholesterol as the `gold standard` of heart-healthy diets (DASH, Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension).

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The Beef in an Optimal Lean Diet (BOLD) clinical study, conducted by The Pennsylvania State University (PSU) researchers, evaluated adults with moderately elevated cholesterol levels, measuring the impact of diets including varying amounts of lean beef on total and LDL cholesterol levels.

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DASH diet to control blood pressure

Tuesday, May 31st, 2011

DASH stands for “dietary approaches to stop hypertension”.  Diet plays a major part in controlling high blood pressure and as an adjunct to medications itself. Antihypertensive become more effective when taken along with a low salt high fiber diet.

Previously, importance was given only to reducing salt intake. But the DASH studies suggested that not only reducing salt, but including foods high in potassium, calcium and magnesium will help reduce high blood pressure.

Accordingly this is what the DASH diet recommends (for a 2000kcal/day diet)

  • Reduce sodium chloride or table salt to 6gms a day. This is equal to a teaspoon of salt added in daily cooking. This also means you have to avoid salted snacks, pickles, canned/processed/packeted/ready to eat foods that contain salt as preservative, bakery items, pappads, fast foods. Since restaurant foods are generally very salty it makes sense to not eat out frequently.
  • The higher the potassium intake, lower the blood pressure. This is where vegans score over non vegetarians. Because all fruits and vegetables without exception contain potassium. You need to eat at least 2 or 3 cups of vegetables cooked or raw and 4 to 5 fruits in a day to get the benefit of this diet. Cereals and legumes, milk/yoghurt also contain potassium.
  • Good intake of magnesium helps keep hypertension under check.  This is easily got in Indian diets from eating whole grains and products, and seeds and nuts.  Tofu, fat free milk, green vegetables and legumes also contain magnesium.  Unsalted nuts in small amounts, up to 2 tablespoon full, make a good snack.

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