Some History Behind the DASH Diet

An article on the life and times of George Bray:

“With unparalleled resources to support basic science and clinical research, George [Bray] led research teams at Pennington Biomedical that have had a major influence on modern assumptions about the biology of obesity. The first major study in this category was the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension, or DASH, study. Pennington Biomedical and four other nutrition research leading centers initiated a feeding study that tested dietary patterns for effects on blood pressure. Given the hypothesis that magnesium, calcium, potassium, and fiber would have salutatory effects on blood pressure, the study tested increasing consumption of fruits and vegetables and low-fat dairy products as sources of these factors. It produced clinically significant reductions of blood pressure in men and women of all ethnic groups (9). Because the dietary pattern translates into an easily understood public health message, the DASH diet has been considered one of the best diets in America and is recommended by most national guidelines.”

Source: George A. Bray, MD: Progress in Obesity—Multidisciplinary Research, Multidimensional Man | Diabetes Care

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