What is the best diet? A panel of nutrition & diet experts rated 25 diets in 7 categories & rank best overall diets.

*U.S. News & World Report* asked 22 experts in diet and nutrition to rate each of the major diets in 7 categories.

The best diets overall were: the DASH diet, the TLC (Therapeutic Lifestyle Changes) diet, the Mayo Clinic Diet, and the Mediterranean diet.

The diets that scored highest in the Easiest To Follow category were: Weight Watchers Diet, Jenny Craig Diet, and Mediterranean diet.

The diets that scored highest in the “Best Diets for Healthy Eating” category were: the DASH diet, the TLC diet, the Mediterranean diet, and the Mayo Clinic diet.

Here are some excerpts from the article’s description of the Mediterranean diet, which appears on all 3 lists above:


With its emphasis on fruits and vegetables, olive oil, fish, and other healthy fare, the Mediterranean diet is eminently sensible.

And experts’ assessments of it were resoundingly positive, giving this diet an edge over many competitors.


It’s generally accepted that the folks in the countries bordering the Mediterranean Sea live longer and suffer less than most Americans from cancer and cardiovascular ailments.

The not-so-surprising secret is an active lifestyle, weight control, and a diet low in red meat, sugar, and saturated fat and high in produce, nuts, and other healthful foods.


Working with the Harvard School of Public Health, Oldways, a nonprofit food think tank in Boston, developed a consumer-friendly Mediterranean diet pyramid that emphasizes fruits, veggies, whole grains, beans, nuts, legumes, olive oil, and flavorful herbs and spices; eating fish and seafood at least a couple of times a week; enjoying poultry, eggs, cheese, and yogurt in moderation; and saving sweets and red meat for special occasions.

Top it off with a splash of red wine (if you want), remember to stay physically active, and you’re set.


The Mediterranean diet has been associated with a decreased risk for heart disease, and it’s also been shown to reduce blood pressure and “bad” LDL cholesterol


Can it prevent or control diabetes?

The diet appears to be a viable option for both.


The majority of Americans eat too much salt.

The recommended daily maximum is 2,300 milligrams, but if you’re 51 or older, African-American, or have hypertension, diabetes, or chronic kidney disease, that limit is 1,500 mg.

The sample menu provided by Oldways is under both caps, but it’ll be up to you to choose low-sodium foods and stop reaching for the saltshaker.


Because Mediterranean diets don’t ban entire food groups, you shouldn’t have trouble complying long-term.


Nutrition experts emphasize the importance of satiety, the satisfied feeling that you’ve had enough.

Hunger shouldn’t be a problem on this diet; fiber is filling, and you’ll be eating lots of fiber-packed produce and whole grains.


You’re making everything, so if something doesn’t taste good, you know who to blame.


Anyone can follow this approach–choose your preference for more information [there are links to each of the following in the article]:

Vegetarian and vegan





Courtesy of Ken Pope.

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