A new research has concluded that the DASH eating plan, known to reduce blood pressure and bad cholesterol, also reduces the 10-year risk of heart attack, especially among African-Americans.

The DASH eating plan emphasizes fruits, vegetables and low-fat dairy products as well as whole grains, poultry, fish and nuts.

The plan also calls for a reduction in fats, red meat, sweets, and sugar-containing beverages. The U.S. government and American Heart Association recommend it.

The study researchers found that the DASH plan: lowered the participants’ 10-year risk of having a heart attack or other coronary heart disease event by about 18 percent compared to those eating a typical American diet.