Mediterranean Diet Ranked Best Way to Eat in 2019

Grant Boone
January 5, 2019

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.

A plant-based diet that encourages eating like the Vikings did has made it for the first time onto the U.S. News and World Report's annual diet rankings. It was also named best diabetes diet, best diet for healthy eating, best plant-based diet, best heart-healthy diet, and easiest diet to follow.

Last year, the best overall diet came out to a tie between the Mediterranean diet and the DASH diet, a government-backed diet that stands for dietary approaches to stop hypertension.

If you're gearing up to eat healthier this year, consider including whole grains, seafood, and healthy fats in your diet. In fact, the diet is safe for most people, including children and older people.

U.S. News & World Report, in collaboration with a panel of health experts, evaluated and ranked 41 diets.

In third place, is something new called the Flexitarian Diet.

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Although the popular Keto diet ranked high for fast weight loss, it landed way down on the Best Diets list - tying for number 38.

When a person fills their diet with the kinds of fresh, unprocessed foods found in the Mediterranean diet, they may lose weight, improve their heart health, and prevent diabetes, according to US News.

Other diets at the bottom of the list included the Dukan diet, the Body Reset Diet and the Whole30 diet.

The plan focuses on fruit, vegetables, whole grain, lean protein and low-fat dairy and eliminates foods high in fat and sugar-sweetened drinks and candies, according to U.S. News and World Report.

2018 brought us many wellness fads, including the keto and carnivore diets, intermittent fasting, carb cycling and more. It also emphasizes healthy fats in the form of olive oil and nuts. It assigns points aiming for nutritious foods with fewer calories.

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