For the second year in a row, U.S. News & World Report has ranked the Mediterranean Diet as the best dietary choice for optimal health. It earned the number one spot in best diet overall, easiest diet to follow, best diet for diabetes, best plant-based diet, and best heart-healthy diet.
The news site analyzed more than 40 diet plans used in the U.S. and around the world.
"While the fundamentals of healthy eating remain constant year to year, new research and insights help continuously evolve best practices over time," said expert panelist Dr. David Katz, director of the Yale University Prevention Research Center, and author of "The Truth about Food". "The U.S. News Best Diets rankings rely on diverse expertise to respond to what's new and diverting in nutrition, while highlighting healthy eating principles that are time-honored, evidence-based, and reliable."
The Mediterranean diet was preceded by the DASH Diet (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension), which held the number one spot for eight years.
"Whether you're trying to lose weight or manage your cholesterol, the 2019 Best Diets rankings provide each person a chance to evaluate what eating plan will work best for them and their particular needs," said Angela Haupt, Assistant Managing Editor of Health at U.S. News. "By profiling and providing in-depth data on more than 40 diets, as well as sample meals, consumers can rely on U.S. News for the tools they need to feel empowered to make well-informed lifestyle and wellness changes."
Both diets emphasize fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, healthy fats, and lean protein.
U.S. News relies on a panel of experts including top nutritionists, dietary consultants, and doctors who specialize in diabetes, heart health, and weight loss to determine its list.
"The rankings," says U.S. News, "together with the advice of a doctor or nutritionist, can help Americans find a healthy lifestyle."
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