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The Mediterranean retains its standing as the most effective total food regimen

January 04, 2021

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The Mediterranean Diet was named the Best Overall Diet for the fourth year in a row by US News & World Report, the company said.

The Mediterranean diet contains a high intake of grains, extra virgin olive oil, fruits, leafy green vegetables, nuts, and legumes. moderate intake of dairy products, red wine, fish and other meat; and low intake of eggs and candy for nutrients. The nutrition plan also ranked # 1 in Best Plant-Based Diets and Easiest Diet to Follow, sharing its # 1 in Best Diets for Healthy Eating, Diabetes, and Heart-Healthy Categories.

The Mediterranean Diet appears more than any other nutritional plan in the US News & World Report’s Best Diets ranking for 2021. Photo source: Shutterstock

The US News & World Report ranking is compiled by a group of 24 nutritionists and specialists in diabetes, cardiovascular health and weight loss. The panel is looking at 39 diets in seven areas, including ease of compliance, likelihood of significantly losing weight in the short and long term, and effectiveness against CVD and diabetes, according to a press release. Four new diets – the AIP Diet, the GAPS Diet, the Modified Keto Diet, and the Noom Diet – were added to the ranking this year. The Best 2021 Diets Include:

Best overall diets

1. Mediterranean diet

2. DASH diet (bound)

2. Flexitarian diet (bound)

Best Commercial Diets

1. WW (Weight Watchers)

2. Mayo Clinic Diet

3. Jenny Craig (bound)

3. Noom Diet (bound)

Best Diets For Weight Loss

1.Flexitarian diet (tie)

1.WW (tie)

3. Vegan diet (tie)

3. Volumetrics (tie)

Best Fast Diets For Weight Loss

1. HMR diet

2. Atkins (tie)

2. WW (tie)

Best Diets for Healthy Eating

1. DASH diet (tie)

1. Mediterranean diet (tie)

3. Flexible diet

Easiest Diets to Follow

1. Mediterranean diet

2. WW

3. Flexible diet

Best Diets For Diabetes

1.Flexitarian diet (tie)

1. Mediterranean diet (tie)

3. DASH diet (tie)

3. Mayo Clinic Diet (tie)

3. Vegan diet (tie)

Best heart healthy diet

1. DASH diet (tie)

1. Mediterranean diet (tie)

1. Ornish Diet (tie)

Best plant-based diet

1. Mediterranean diet

2. Flexitarian diet

3. Nordic Diet (tie)

3. Ornish Diet (tie)

3. Vegetarian diet (tie)

Angela Haupt, The senior health editor for US News & World Report said in a press release that the ranking can help people decide which diet is right for them based on their health needs or weight goals.

“With people staying home more and exercising their bodies less – and dealing with ‘Quarantine 15’ – it’s important to eat healthy and stay active,” she said in the press release. “How it looks will be different for each person.”

Elisabeth Claude, MD, FACC, a cardiologist unrelated to the US News & World Report ranking, told Healio Primary Care that doctors trying to help their patients lose weight should first take a detailed medical history.

Elizabeth Klodas

“I’m looking for sources of sodium. I’m looking for things that can contribute to higher cholesterol and empty calories. Lots of people put a lot of calories in their fluids and don’t even realize it, ”she said. “For example, it’s okay to drink a liter of skimmed milk a day, but that’s 300 calories consumed from just one liquid.”

Klodas, who is also the founder of the Preventive Cardiology Clinic in Edina, Minnesota, added that it is important to “make realistic profits where people can adjust their jobs or do something small that is most likely sustainable.”

In conjunction with the publication of the best nutritional rankings, Healio Primary Care has compiled a list of reports of the latest research on the Mediterranean Diet.

Mediterranean Diet Linked to Lower Inflammation in Older Adults

The Mediterranean diet was associated with lower inflammation in older adults, a recent analysis showed. Continue reading.

Cognitive performance improves with the Mediterranean diet in type 2 diabetes with longer duration

According to a cross-sectional analysis published in Nutrition and Diabetes, following a Mediterranean diet in adults with type 2 diabetes was associated with better verbal memory for at least 5 years. Continue reading.

The Mediterranean diet can be a “healthy food model” to prevent autoimmune diseases of the thyroid

A cohort of euthyroid people with Hashimoto’s thyroiditis ate meat more frequently and adhered to a Mediterranean diet less than healthy controls, according to the results published in Thyroid. Continue reading.

Mediterranean diet combined with lower risk of late-onset Crohn’s disease

According to study results, people who follow a Mediterranean diet have a lower risk of developing Crohn’s disease later in life. Continue reading.

AREDS2 formulation and The Mediterranean diet can improve Prognosis of age-related macular degeneration

The AREDS2 formulation and a Mediterranean diet, especially fish, can help reduce the risk of the patient progressing to advanced age-related macular degeneration, according to a speaker at an annual meeting of the American Academy of Ophthalmology. Continue reading.

The Mediterranean diet reduces the risk of gestational diabetes and the mother’s weight gain

Pregnant women who followed a Mediterranean-style diet were at lower risk of gestational diabetes and reported lower weight gain according to results published in PLoS One. Continue reading.

The Mediterranean diet can protect against depression in later life

Data presented at an annual meeting of the American Psychiatric Association suggest that following a Mediterranean diet may protect against the development of depressive symptoms in old age. Continue reading.

A Mediterranean diet can improve kidney function results after the transplant

Recently published research found that kidney transplant recipients were associated with a lower risk of kidney function deterioration and transplant failure following a Mediterranean diet. Continue reading.

Intervention improves adherence to the Mediterranean diet

According to the interim results of the PREDIMED-Plus study, an intervention to promote an energy-saving Mediterranean diet and physical activity was associated with better adherence to the Mediterranean diet after 1 year compared to the traditional Mediterranean diet in people with metabolic syndrome. Continue reading.

Components of the Mediterranean diet can be customized to achieve goals

The benefits of a Mediterranean diet have been shown in numerous studies, but more work needs to be done in order for patients to use it, according to a presentation at a scientific meeting of the National Lipid Association. Continue reading.



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