Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension, or the DASH diet, is a healthy eating plan for people suffering from diabetes, according to Mayo Clinic. The DASH diet emphasizes long-term dietary changes by choosing whole foods such as vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low-fat dairy products and fish.
People following a DASH diet should focus on foods that are low in sodium, saturated fat and cholesterol, states Mayo Clinic. Whole grains such as whole-wheat pasta and brown rice have more fiber and nutrients than refined grains, making them a healthy choice in moderate portions. Dairy products have calcium and vitamin D, as well as being an excellent source of protein. Low-fat and nonfat versions help reduce saturated fat intake. Vegetables and fruits and provide essential nutrients such as magnesium, potassium and calcium.