The DASH diet, which stands for Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension has been making headlines of late because it has been linked to a lower risk of dementia. Now a new study suggests that it may also reduce the likelihood of developing kidney stones. More than 200,000 people filled out diet questionnaires every few years for 14 to 18 years. Those whose diets had the most vegetables, fruits and legumes and the least red meat were at least 40 percent less likely to develop a kidney stone. A DASH-type diet seems to be good for the heart, the brain and maybe even the kidneys.
[Journal of the American Society of Nephrology, online August 13, 2009]