U.S. News & World Report rolled out its list of the best diets of 2019, and the Mediterranean diet took the top spot. The diet has always been linked to many health benefits, including lower risks of cancer and heart disease, better kidney health and a healthier gut.
The U.S. News & World Report panel of health experts includes nutritionists, physicians and others specializing in diabetes, heart health, human behavior and weight loss. Although created to help people lose weight, experts say its focus on healthier living makes it a smart overall diet to follow.
"These diets that are consistently top performers are scoring well, from nutrition to helpfulness, ease, ability to help prevent chronic conditions and more", Haupt said.
Red meat and sugary foods are very limited, but adding red wine is alright in moderation.
For more information about the rankings, visit Best Diets 2019 [https://health.usnews.com/best-diet].
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The Mediterranean diet is an eating pattern that emulates how people in the Mediterranean region have traditionally eaten, with a focus on foods like olive oil, fish and vegetables. Even those who didn't stick to the diet perfectly but followed it "moderately well" reduced their risk of Alzheimer's by about a third, the researchers found.
The DASH diet was second - that's Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension.
One advantageous aspect of the Mediterranean diet is that it is more than just a diet, it's a lifestyle that brings people together in the pursuit of healthy living.
While each diet has its own characteristics, they all share similarities in that there is little to no processed food, and a major emphasis is placed on fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, and minimal meat.
Check out the full 2019 Best Diets Report at this link.
WW's Freestyle program applies points values to foods, with higher points for foods high in saturated fats and sugars, and lower points for foods with high levels of protein.