Shopping for a new diet to start the year? Popular diets ranked: the DASH and Mediterranean come out on top, again
(Natural News) After the holiday season, the first order of business this year is, ironically, getting rid of “holiday pounds.” Just in time, consumer site U.S. News & World Report has released its annual Best Diets ranking — with both the DASH diet and the Mediterranean diet tying for the best overall diet for 2018.
The DASH diet, which stands for Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension, marks its eighth consecutive year of being named as the top overall diet. Developed by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the diet highlights fruits, vegetables, and low-fat dairy foods, as well as whole grains, poultry, fish, lean meats, beans, and nuts.
Interestingly, this is the first time that the Mediterranean diet has ranked as the best overall diet, tying with the DASH diet. The diet, which is low in saturated fat but high in vegetable oils, is reported to prevent certain chronic illnesses.
For a diet to be rated highly, it must be easy to follow, proven to be nutritious, effective for weight loss, and must protect against diabetes and heart disease.
This year, the Keto diet was included in the list, with experts placing it as one of the least effective diets because of its highly-restrictive carbohydrate requirement.
“Whether you’re trying to lose weight or manage a chronic disease like diabetes, the 2018 Best Diets rankings are designed to help consumers…Read More