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The health benefits of the DASH diet can be attributed to a lessening in sodium consumption, along with dietary modifications that reduce the intake of fat and saturated fat. By eating more fruits, vegetables and low-fat or non-fat dairy, you'll also lower your cholesterol, lose weight and improve your overall well-being - without the assistance of medication.

The plan advocates for a daily intake of 6 to 12 servings of grain and grain products, 4 to 6 servings of fruit, 4 to 6 servings of vegetables, 2 to 4 servings of low-fat or non-fat dairy foods, 1.5 to 2.5 servings of lean meats, fish and poultry and 2 to 4 servings of fats and sweets. It's recommended you consume 3 to 6 servings of nuts, seeds and legumes a week.