Dash Diet Guidelines: Hypertension Cookbook

by Dan

A book by non other than the American Medical Association with an in depth introduction by the Medical experts

Hypertension Cookbook: Delicious Recipes for Healthier Living
Author: The American Medical Association; Karen A. Levin
Reviewed by Dan from Kilbrittain
I suffer from high blood pressure and was diagnosed five years ago at age 30, for me it is a genetic problem rather than through being overweight or unhealthy. I exercise regularly and compete in at least six triathlons a year, so I don't look like I have a blood pressure problem. I have to take medication but I also eat healthily to give my body the best possible chance it can have. I know I'll always be on medication but at least I'm not ignoring my diet.

I bought this book because it was written by medical experts from the American Medical Association, so I knew it would be based on scientific fact and would not just be a hippy-style recipe book with no medical direction. I do try to eat mostly vegetarian food as I know this is better for me, but I do eat meat as well!

I'm not a complete novice in the kitchen, but I'm not the best chef ever, so I was glad that the recipes were easy to follow. They are also organized in the book by their fat count so you know exactly how much fat you are eating at each meal. Each recipe also gives a sodium value.

It has a lot of tips on how to make lifestyle changes and how to lose weight, but I was more interested in the food. There are plenty of healthy low-sodium soups, side dishes and main dish recipes. They all have a lot of nutritional details and it also states their calorific values, which is very useful if you are trying to lose weight. It explained how to use different herbs as salt substitutes so you don't miss out on the flavor in your food. People say a low-sodium diet can be bland, but I've never found this to be the case, I''m so sensitive to how much everyone over salts their food now, that I can hardly bear to eat processed foods anymore.

I thought that the information in the introduction by the AMA experts was especially good. It mentioned the latest research into the understanding and treating of hypertension, and it showed how to identify your risk factors.

If you want a straight forward low-sodium recipe book then you should buy this one. I've used it a lot and have been really pleased with the quality of the food.

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