Report says Mediterranean Diet is best in 2019

Desiree Burns
January 9, 2019

For its rankings, U.S. News and World Report evaluated 41 different diets on factors like weight loss and diet's effectiveness against diseases.

The heart-healthy diet is rich in fruits, vegetables, fish and whole grains, along with healthy fats like olive oil, nuts and avocados. 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. Research also links the Mediterranean Diet to longer lifespans.

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As far as the rest of the ranking goes, the DASH diet finished in second, followed by the flexitarian diet (eating mostly plant-based foods but meat and other animal products in moderation), the MIND diet (a mix between DASH and Mediterranean targeted toward brain health) and Weight Watchers.

"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. "The diet also recommends eating fish at least twice a week and there's a lot of packaged fish like salmon that are easy to cook and eat".

This plant-heavy diet focuses on adding five food groups - "new meat", fruits and vegetables, whole grains, dairy and sugar and spices - to your diet, instead of taking foods away.

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Unlike some other diets, the Mediterranean diet allows adherents to drink wine. In fact, one study found the diet may reduce the risk of developing Alzheimer's disease by as much as 53 percent.

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

The WW Freestyle program was launched in 2017 and builds off the company's signature SmartPoints system, which assigns every food and beverage a point value, based on its nutrition.

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

Lack of scientific evidence for health benefits and severe restriction of foods - including certain healthy foods - were listed as reasons for low scores.

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