The “DASH” diet, which was studied in the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) Trial, decreases blood pressure compared with a typical U.S. diet. The DASH diet emphasizes fruits, vegetables, low-fat dairy foods, whole grains, poultry, and fish. It allows smaller amounts of red meat and sweets than does the typical U.S. diet. The DASH-Sodium trial found that another way to decrease blood pressure is to decrease salt intake below the average daily amount consumed by Americans (8 to 10 grams, or about 2 to 3 teaspoons of salt, which is about 4 to 6 grams of sodium). Experts currently recommend consuming no more than 6 grams of salt per day (1 teaspoon or less).