…and the Mediterranean Diet is Tops!
If you’ve resolved to eat healthier this year, consider the Mediterranean Diet’s whole grains, seafood, and healthy fats to your diet, Why? U.S. News & World Report rolled out its list of the best diets of 2019, and the Mediterranean Diet came out on top!
Every year, U.S. News & World Report asks nutritionists, dietary consultants, and physicians to analyze popular diets and ranked them in seven categories using the most current research.
Of course, I am not surprised that the Mediterranean Diet leads the pack. In recent years, it’s been linked to heart protection, better brain power, a longer life, and numerous other health benefits. But it is somewhat of an upset when it comes to the ranking entity’s annual list, which usually doesn’t see a lot of change from year to year. Last year the Mediterranean Diet tied with the DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) diet for best overall diet, The two diets are very similar, both focused on fruits, veggies, whole grains, protein, and dairy. However, the DASH diet encourages limiting overall fat by sticking to lean meat and low- or nonfat dairy, while the Mediterranean diet emphasizes fatty foods like salmon and olive oil. Additionally, the DASH diet puts more importance on managing dietary sodium.
Aside from the Mediterranean diet, none of the 10 most-Googled diets of 2018 won top spots. The keto diet may have been the most-searched diet of 2018, but it was ranked 38th for overall diet, with U.S. News citing strict carb limits and its extreme nature as drawbacks.
Research around weight loss (what works, what doesn’t) is constantly evolving, but the Mediterranean Diet has been having quite a run as a favorite among nutrition experts. If you’re ready to eat more produce, pasta, and the occasional glass of red, start with our book, The Mediterranean Diet, available at Amazon, can get you started!