Practice ProjectsDifferences in Dietary Intake Habits of African American Adults by Hypertension StatusBernard, Kathryn S. MS, RD; Wolf, Kay N. PhD, RD, LD; Wexler, Randall K. MD, MPH; Taylor, Christopher A. PhD, RD, LDAuthor Information Department of Health Sciences and Medical Dietetics (Ms Bernard, Drs Wolf and Taylor) and Department of Family Medicine (Dr Wexler), the Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio. Christopher A. Taylor, PhD, RD, LD, Department of Health Sciences and Medical Dietetics, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH 43210 (firstname.lastname@example.org). The project was funded by the Crisafi-Monte Primary Care Cardiopulmonary Grant Program. Topics in Clinical Nutrition: January/March 2011 - Volume 26 - Issue 1 - p 34-44 doi: 10.1097/TIN.0b013e318209e34b Buy Metrics Abstract Hypertension is a major public health issue that disproportionately affects African Americans; impacting 42% and 44% of men and women, respectively. Analysis of 1999 to 2006 NHANES data indicated that the dietary intakes of 4094 African Americans did not vary greatly by hypertension status. Dietary intakes of magnesium, calcium, and potassium, that are emphasized by the DASH diet, were below nutrient intake recommendations. Similarly, food sources of these nutrients were identified to determine the food intake patterns by hypertension status. These data will support further culturally-specific nutrition education efforts for the prevention and treatment of hypertension in African American patients. © 2011 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.