A DASH of red meat works for older patients

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A diet well-known for lowering blood pressure can also help older patients lose fat without sacrificing muscle, according to new research.

In a small study involving 36 older obese adults, researchers found that a 12-week program of controlled-feeding that included lean red meat three times a day not only resulted in significant weight loss and loss of body fat but also preserved muscle strength and function – an important determinant of good health.

The DASH diet – Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension – has been proven to improve heart health, maintain cognitive function and reduce metabolic diseases such as diabetes and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.

The diet itself is fairly simple – the principles of it are a high proportion of fruits, vegetables and low-fat dairy as well wholegrain foods, fish, poultry and nuts. Importantly the diet also significantly restricts saturated fats, sugar and sodium.

In general, the DASH diet recommends fish and poultry as the protein source rather than red meats, but for this ...


Perry CA, Van Guilder GP, Kauffman A, Hossain M. A Calorie-Restricted DASH Diet Reduces Body Fat and Maintains Muscle Strength in Obese Older Adults. Nutrients. 2019 Dec 30; 12(1). pii: E102. DOI: 10.3390/nu12010102

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