Recently, US News and World Report published its annual diet rankings, and as usual, DASH was at or near the top.
DASH is a diet that was designed to help reduce blood pressure for people with hypertension. It makes no sense to recommend this diet to a general population, for the main reason that DASH has pretty much only ever been tested on hypertensive ore pre-hypertensive subjects, who cannot be generalized to the population at large. Also, all trials have been short term, with outcomes indicating that DASH may actually cause heart disease–not prevent it.
Summarizing the trials
DASH has never been shown to be effective for preventing any nutrition-related chronic disease: Continue Reading →