Best Diet of 2019? Dieticians choose Mediterranean

Best Diet of 2019? Dieticians choose Mediterranean

While no single diet is best for everyone, U.S. News' expert rankings are meant to promote the eating styles most likely to improve health and steer people away from misguided diet plans - like the last-place Dukan diet, a restrictive, high-protein system.

Another diet based on a healthy region of the world, the Mediterranean diet, holds the top overall spot this year for the first time in U.S. News and World Report's rankings. Because of new research regarding the Mediterranean diet, such as findings that it could lower the risk of dementia and aggressive prostate cancer, it took the lead for 2019.

Experts ranked the diet poorly in heart-health, ease of use, and overall impact on health.

The Mediterranean diet emphasizes eating fruits, veggies, whole grains, beans, nuts, legumes, olive oil and flavorful herbs and spices; fish and seafood at least a couple of times a week; and poultry, eggs, cheese and yogurt in moderation, according to U.S. News and World Report.

If you're interested in trying out the Mediterranean Diet, Peick suggests starting out small and working your way into it. 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.

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.

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We are just two days into 2019, but already the best diet of the year has been named.

In the book, Blatner says you don't have to cut out meat entirely to reap the health benefits of a vegetarian diet.

A 2018 study found the DASH diet can reduce the risk of depression later in life.

Since the diet focuses on heart-healthy fats like olive oil, avocado, and salmon, it also could lower bad cholesterol, a major cause of heart disease, according to the Mayo Clinic.

The eating plan features a wide variety of options, including fruits and vegetables, whole grains, nuts, poultry, and fish.

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

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