DASH diet can include lean pork, chicken or fish

12 June 2015

Adults who are following a DASH-style eating pattern to reduce their blood pressure can extend their meat intake to include lean pork, chicken and fish, a new report has said. 

Research from Purdue University has found that the DASH diet can include lean, unprocessed red meats in the appropriate serving sizes and still be effective to lower in lowering blood pressure.

Published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, the study compared lean, unprocessed pork with chicken and fish as the main source of protein in such a diet.

'If people have to rely only on fish and chicken their diet choices can be limited, and our findings support that lean pork may be a viable option for people who are consuming a DASH diet without compromising the effectiveness of the diet plan,' said Drew Sayer, a doctoral student in nutrition science and a co-author on the study.

The study applies to cuts of unprocessed lean pork, such as tenderloin and fresh, only and should not include other pork products with higher fat and salt content, according to Wayne Campbell, a professor of nutrition science.

Posted by Edward Bartel

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