by Katrina Hapner, contributing writer for Telegraph Local
Once again, a new year has come and the Mediterranean Diet repeats as best overall diet of 2020. Tying for second place are the Flexitarian diet and the DASH diet. These ranks are according to U.S. News & World Report. Labeled the best weight-loss diet, is Weight Watchers. The Ornish diet fell under the Best Heart-Healthy Diet. Physicians, nutritionists and dietary consultants determined all the rankings through survey asking them to score 35 different diets in seven categories. They were asked to consider nutrition, weight loss, prevention of diabetes and ease of following among other criteria.
The Mediterranean Diet was also at the top of other lists including best diet for healthy eating, easiest diet to follow, best diet for diabetes, and best plant-based diet. The diet mainly consists of vegetables, fruits, whole grains, beans, nuts, seeds, and olive oil. Consumption of dairy, poultry and eggs are to be on the moderate side with limited amounts of red meat. It has been said to not only be a heart-healthy diet, but also is good for cancer and diabetes prevention, and brain health.
Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension, or the DASH diet focuses on fruits, vegetables and lean protein, but its main focus is to lower sodium consumption. Physicians use this diet because it has been shown to lower blood pressure and therefore the risk of heart failure. A vegetarian option is the Flexitarian diet. It does allow you to eat meat and animal products very rarely. It is considered to more of a lifestyle choice than a diet and does not have strict rules or calorie counting.
Diets are not one size fits all. The 2020 Best Diets helps consumers make informed decisions by giving solid data on a variety of proven diets. Managing editor for the publication, Angela Haupt, stated that this year’s rankings come at “no surprise” and that it includes numerous diets that have been in the top 10 before. She also stated that the data they collect gives people information they need to “narrow down the options and make a choice that reflects their lifestyle, personal preferences and overall goal.” According to Haupt new and trendy diets normally will not be found on the list as they have not yet been proven to have staying power and statistics to back them up.
This may be why the very popular ketogenic diet was very close to the bottom. Studies suggest that while this type of diet can be highly beneficial, it is rarely done correctly. Its popularity on social media has unfortunately led some people astray. Social media would have it shown that Keto means no carbs ever, no vegetables, unlimited protein and fat and the use of artificial sweeteners.
None of that put together is sustainable in the long term. However, when done with the supervision of a medical professional it can be quite good at reducing weight and improving health, while being quite sustainable. The list has been published for 10 years with no plans in sight to end it.