For the 5th year in a row, DASH Diet has been ranked as the #1 diet among the 35 diets evaluated and ranked by US News & World Report. Studies sponsored by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) have proven that DASH diet reduces high blood pressure, which in turn lowers the risk of developing cardiovascular disease. This diet has also helps in weight loss and reduces the risk of heart strokes, osteoporosis, several types of cancers, kidney stones and diabetes, thereby making it the ideal diet for everyone. Unlike other diet plans, DASH diet is very easy to follow as it does not suggest any special foods to be consumed. By making small changes to your normal diet and the cooking methods, you can easily follow the guidelines of this diet. This dietary goal can be achieved by combining fresh fruits and vegetables, low fat and non-fat dairy products, nuts, legumes and whole grains in the daily diet and also by controlling your intake of sodium.