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Warding Off Heart Disease with Vegetables

The DASH diet, also known as Dietary Approaches to Stopping Hypertension, is well recognized for its ability to lower blood pressure. Even more important, there is evidence that eating fruits and vegetables, low-fat dairy products, whole grains, poultry, fish and nuts and cutting back on sugar and soft drinks can reduce the risk of heart disease. New research suggests such a diet may be especially helpful for African-Americans. The investigators estimate that for this group, a DASH-type diet would reduce the 10-year risk of heart disease by over 20 percent. That’s because it helps lower both blood pressure and cholesterol. Getting people to increase their consumption of fruits and vegetables, however, remains a big challenge. The DASH diet calls for nine to eleven servings daily.
[Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes, online Aug 31, 2010]

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Terry Graedon, PhD, is a medical anthropologist and co-host of The People’s Pharmacy radio show, co-author of The People’s Pharmacy syndicated newspaper columns and numerous books, and co-founder of The People’s Pharmacy website. Terry taught in the Duke University School of Nursing and was an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology. She is a Fellow of the Society of Applied Anthropology. Terry is one of the country's leading authorities on the science behind folk remedies..
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