This guest post was written by Juliana Cohen, an assistant professor in the Department of Health Sciences at Merrimack College and adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Nutrition at the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health.
You may have heard of the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) diet, which is recommended by the American Heart Association and other organizations to reduce blood pressure and the risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD) among adults.
Americans eat and drink too many calories, sodium, sugars, and saturated fat from restaurants. A single restaurant meal can have more sodium than a person should have for the entire day.
This post is written by our guest blogger, Dr. Stephen Juraschek, an Instructor of Medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center & Harvard Medical School.
Diet plays a critical role in blood pressure. We know this from studies conducted more than 20 years ago, and it is true today. While there are several aspects of diet that influence blood pressure, sodium has a major role. One of the earliest (and most important) studies found that the amount of sodium people ate differed across countries. When scientists looked at these differences, they also saw differences in blood pressure. This made more scientists look for, and find, a relationship between sodium from food and blood pressure.
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