This is a 2-period randomized crossover study with free-living subjects on self-selected
diets. The objective of this study is to compare the effects of ¾ cup of a blend of dried
plums, figs, dates and raisins (DPFDR) with an isocaloric and macronutrient matched snack
food on blood pressure, vascular health and lipids and lipoproteins in 50 participants who
are representative of the U.S. population and at risk for cardiovascular disease
(overweight/obese, elevated LDL-cholesterol, prehypertension, and/or prediabetes).
The investigators hypothesize that the inclusion of DPFDR in the diet will decrease blood
pressure and LDL-cholesterol, and improve artery function (assessed by standard blood
pressure measure, 24 hr ambulatory blood pressure, central blood pressure and arterial
stiffness) compared to the control group and baseline.