Have you heard of the D.A.S.H. diet?
You probably have if you've been diagnosed with high blood pressure. It stands for “Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension”. It should be called the “politically correct” diet. I first heard of it when my friend, Sue, sent me this e-mail. (My response follows…)
“Kelly, can you comment on the article below? I believe so much of what you and others who share your philosophy say, but how do I reconcile it with the following?”
Associated Press article about the D.A.S.H. diet
Before you read my response, first also take a look at this:
Specifics about the D.A.S.H. diet from the National Heart Lung Blood Institute
Sue, oh my, I want to throw up reading about that diet!
- Margarine? Vegetable oil? Low-fat dressings and mayo? Nooooo! Why not healthy fats?!
- “Ready-to-eat” cereal? Most of us don't always eat what we should, but if you're giving guidelines, wouldn't you want to give people the healthiest suggestions possible? (See these healthy breakfast options!)
- Jelly beans and lemonade are recommended for the sweets?! (Say it with me, “FULL OF HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP!”) Instead, why not something with real maple syrup or local honey?!!! (Here are some MUCH better options if you're going to eat a little bit of sweets in moderation.)
- Skinless/lean meats?!! That's not how God made them in nature! The protein comes with the fats for a reason! (One helps digest the other – God is so smart!) Find a farmer who sells pasture-fed chicken and doesn't feed them junk or give them hormones, what a healthy food you'll have then.
This is why I don't pay attention to “studies” unless they first make common sense.
If these women were eating more fresh organic vegetables and cut out processed or fast foods, those changes alone are a HUGE improvement to most American diets. And if by cutting out fat, they cut their TRANS fats, then just those things would make someone MUCH healthier and that would show in the study.
Tell me in the comments, what do YOU think about this diet?
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