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DASH Diet, Developed in Part at Pennington Biomedical, Ranks as the American Heart Association’s Top Heart-Healthy Eating Style – L’Observateur

DASH Diet, Developed in Part at Pennington Biomedical, Ranks as the American Heart Association’s Top Heart-Healthy Eating Style

Published 8:30 am Sunday, May 7, 2023

BATON ROUGE – A new American Heart Association scientific statement assessed and scored the heart healthiness of popular dietary patterns, and the DASH Diet – developed in part at Pennington Biomedical Research Center – received a perfect score as the top heart-healthy eating plan.

“Pennington Biomedical has a long history and association with the DASH Diet,” said Dr. John Kirwan, Pennington Biomedical Executive Director. “Pioneering Pennington Biomedical researchers Dr. George Bray, Dr. Donna Ryan and Dr. Catherine Champagne were among the lead developers of the diet, as part of the DASH Diet Collaborative Research Group, along with Brigham and Women’s Hospital; Duke Hypertension Center and the Sarah W. Stedman Nutrition and Metabolism Center; and Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions.”

The successful Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension, or DASH, Diet study results were published in a 1997 New England Journal of Medicine publication, which has been cited by other researchers about 6,000 times since original publication.

“The DASH Diet is a great choice because it is proven to help those with a history of heart disease or people with diabetes, but it is really a diet plan for everyone because it is easy to follow, and it can work for anyone in the family,” said Dr. Champagne professor and registered dietitian nutritionist at Pennington Biomedical.

The statement, published in the association’s flagship, peer-reviewed journal Circulation, rates how well popular dietary patterns align with the American Heart Association’s Dietary Guidance. The guidance includes key features of a dietary pattern to improve cardiometabolic health, which emphasizes limiting unhealthy fats and reducing the consumption of excess carbohydrates. This balance optimizes both cardiovascular and general metabolic health and

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