The Stroke Templates follow the ideas of the “DASH Diet” (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension), a set of dietary guidelines designed for those with high blood pressure but also a heart-healthy eating plan. Recent research found that the DASH Diet, which may help lower blood pressure, might also reduce levels of homocysteine, a possible risk factor for heart disease and stroke. The Dash Diet is rich in low-fat dairy foods, fruits, and vegetables as well as low in saturated fat and total fat. This eating plan is rich in minerals that may help to lower blood pressure, especially calcium, potassium and magnesium. These templates are also jam packed with vitamin C. A growing body of evidence suggests that people who eat plenty of fruits and vegetables daily to meet their vitamin C requirements have healthier blood pressure levels than those who don’t. These Templates contain loads of fruits and vegetables, which allows for a moderate intake of sodium since these foods are so much lower in sodium than many other foods.