The DASH Diet
This is an excellent example whereby the whole diet is greater than merely the sum of its parts. The Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension, or DASH, Diet, which is rich in whole grains, fruits, vegetables, and low fat dairy foods, along with a smidgen of beans, nuts, seeds, and heart-healthy vegetable oils, has been shown to lower blood pressure. High blood pressure is a risk factor for both heart disease and stroke. Whats the magic combo in this diet? It isnt known but researchers speculate that the blood pressure-lowering effects are due to many substances or a synergistic combination of nutrients and compounds in the foods.