Report says Mediterranean Diet is best in 2019

Leslie Hanson
January 9, 2019

Every year, US News and World Report ranks the best diets for the year ahead. Interested in embarking on the diet for yourself?

In addition to lowering blood pressure, research suggests the DASH diet may help reduce the risk of diabetes and may also help fight depression. The DASH diet had been ranked as the No. 1 overall diet by U.S. News and World Report for the previous eight consecutive rankings.

The DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) diet was created to help manage blood pressure, but experts say it has many overall health benefits, helping it nab the number 2 spot on the best overall diets list. "It reinforces that everything we've been told about dieting and weight loss does remain true".

Some of the trendiest diets, like ketogenic and Whole30, again fell to the bottom of the overall diet rankings.

The very high protein, rule-heavy Dukan diet. The term was coined by registered dietitian Dawn Jackson Blatner in her book "The Flexitarian Diet: The Mostly Vegetarian Way to Lose Weight, Be Healthier, Prevent Disease and Add Years to Your Life". Read through to see a Mediterranean diet shopping list, what it's like to be on the diet, and why it's so easy to follow.

"Sometimes the best ways are the old, simple ways", Peick says. "One expert said it actually contradicts everything we know about long-term health". "It's what people in that region have been eating for years and it just works".

The diet is taken from popular eating lifestyle of countries that border the Mediterranean Sea, with an emphasis on olive oil, fish, beans, nuts, fruits and vegetables.

The diet is associated with lower rates of diabetes and heart health.

The eating plan features a wide variety of options, including fruits and vegetables, whole grains, nuts, poultry, and fish. In fact, one study found the diet may reduce the risk of developing Alzheimer's disease by as much as 53 percent. You can have red wine in moderation if you'd like, but you must get plenty of exercise and enjoy meals with family and friends.

The Mediterranean-DASH Intervention for Neurodegenerative Delay (MIND) diet, ranked five a year ago, is a hybrid of the top-rated DASH and Mediterranean diets.

Among the diet's requirements is eating three servings of whole grains, a salad and another vegetable daily, as well as a single glass of wine if desired.

The Weight Watchers diet tied for fourth place with the MIND diet.

That doesn't sound so bad, but why was it named the best of the bunch?

WW offers its members support online and is well-known for its in-person group meetings.

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