For the fifth year running, U.S. News & World Report has named the DASH diet the best overall food plan for a healthy lifestyle.
The report, which ranked 35 diets on everything from weight loss to fighting diabetes, gave high marks to plans that emphasized clean, healthy foods, were sensible, and provided the most benefit in terms of overall health.
DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) was originally created to help patients lower blood pressure without medication. To that end, it encourages a diet heavy on fruits and vegetables, whole grains, lean meats and low-fat dairy, and less on processed sugars, red meat and other saturated fats.
"Our experts, who rate these diets for us, say it will end up being very good for your waistline, in addition to your high blood pressure, because it is such a common-sense, balanced diet," Angela Haupt, senior health and wellness editor at U.S. News & World Report told Reuters.
In addition to the overall category, the DASH also came in first for both "Best Diabetes Diet" and "Best Diets for Healthy Eating." Other diets ranking well included the Ornish (for best heart health), Weight Watchers (for best weight loss and easiest-to-follow) and the Mediterranean (for best plant-based). Hitting the bottom of the rankings were the Paleo, Dukan and Raw Foods diets, which experts faulted for both their restrictive nature and lack of studies to back up claims.
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