Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Body Beautiful #9--Dash Diet

Well the dash diet appears to be more of a heart healthy diet, but a diet that is good for your health is probably also good for your looks. MSNBC.com today ran an article about the diet and how women who follow such a diet have a lot fewer heart attacks and strokes. I am not quite to the point where I am worried about these problems, but it is good to get into good habits, as you never know when it could happen to you. In a nutshell, the article suggested eating every day:
--more than eight servings of fruits and vegetables a day.
--one serving of nuts and legumes
--at least two servings of whole grains
--two servings of low-fat dairy products
--a half serving of red or processed meats.
The article says the dash diet actually recommends two servings daily of lean meat, fish, or poultry, but that another study over a period of 24 years showed that women who ate a half a serving of the high-fat meats also had fewer heart attacks and strokes. I guess the point is just eat less of it!

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