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Meal Plan, Food List, and Benefits

The DASH diet provides a recommended number of daily and weekly servings of these food groups. These loose serving guidelines are what make the diet sustainable and flexible, allowing each person to pick their own meal plan. 

DASH diet recommended daily servings

  • 6-8 servings of grains
  • 2-3 servings of dairy 
  • 4-5 servings of vegetables 
  • 4-5 servings of fruits 
  • 6 one-ounce servings of lean protein 

DASH diet recommended weekly servings

  • 5 servings or less of sweet foods a week
  • 4-5 servings of legumes, nuts, nut butters, and seeds

What should you limit on the DASH diet?

The DASH eating plan encourages

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Monounsaturated fat: Benefits and sources

Monounsaturated fats such as olive oil are a healthy addition to the diet. Unlike saturated fats, which can have negative health effects, monounsaturated fats may support heart health and help someone manage their weight. However, all fats are calorie-dense, and people may put on weight if they eat them excessively.

This article explains what monounsaturated fat is and how it compares to other types of fat. It looks at potential health benefits, how much to eat, and food sources.

Monounsaturated fat is present in both plant foods and animal products. One of the healthiest examples of monounsaturated fat that people

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How to reap the benefits

Walking is a low-impact activity that offers a number of health benefits. A person should take the length and intensity of a walk into account to reap the maximum advantages.

Research suggests that a short walk after eating helps manage a person’s blood glucose, or blood sugar, levels. Moderate daily exercise can also reduce gas and bloating, improve sleep, and boost heart health.

However, there are potential downsides to walking after eating. These include indigestion and stomach pain. A person should consider the length, intensity, and timing of their post-meal walk.

While walking has many benefits, there is limited evidence

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