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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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How 10 Popular Eating Plans Rank, According to Cardiologists

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  • A new review analyzed 10 of the most popular diets regarding their heart health benefits—only one received a perfect score.

  • Diets that focused on plant-based protein, fish, and lean meats as main protein sources were ranked higher than diets that included more red meat.

  • Experts recommend finding a diet that is healthy and sustainable to keep up; a diet you cannot stick with won’t get you very far, no matter what health goals you’re striving toward.

A new study analyzed 10 of the most popular diets regarding heart health benefits—one diet received a perfect score, with the subsequent nine ranging in benefit levels.

A different diet is trending almost daily, but if you’re looking to improve your heart health, which one do you choose? The internet and social media are full of misinformation that is confusing for consumers and patients.

A significant source of confusion among different dietary patterns is the distribution of the three macronutrients, protein, carbohydrates, and fat.

Certain diets—such as the Mediterranean diet—are high in fat, while others are significantly lower in fat and higher in carbohydrates. Some popularized diets exclude major food groups. The Paleo diet excludes dairy and the ketogenic diet excludes almost all carbohydrate sources. The question becomes about diet sustainability and what factors in these diets actually contribute to cardiometabolic health.

But the recent study, published in Circulation, a scientific journal from the American Heart Association [AHA], analyzed 10 of the most popular diets to see how they stack up when it comes to protecting your heart. The results might surprise you.

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Comparing Diets

The study authors used the 2021 AHA Dietary Guidance as a set of criteria for heart-healthy diets that promote cardiometabolic health. They then examined

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