Understanding why DASH diet is healthy way to eat
Registered dietitian nutritionist Maureen Franklin discusses a diet that is recommended by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute as an ideal eating plan for all Americans. It's called the DASH diet, which stands for "dietary approaches to stop hypertension" (high blood pressure). The diet includes vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low-fat dairy products, lean meats, fish, poultry, nuts and beans. It includes only limited amounts of sugar-sweetened foods and beverages, red meat and added fats. Franklin talks about how to begin following the DASH diet eating plan. More information is available from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute.