Nordic diet makes its way on best diets for 2019 list

Modesto Morganelli
Gennaio 9, 2019

There are so many to choose from, but according to the U.S. World News Report, the best of 2019 is the Mediterranean Diet.

To follow the Mediterranean diet, one must eat a mostly plant-based diet of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes and nuts.

The eating plan doesn't discourage drinking small amounts of alcohol - such as a glass of red wine for women and two glasses for men.

In addition to lowering blood pressure, research suggests the DASH diet may help reduce the risk of diabetes and may also help fight depression. For 2019, the Mediterranean diet took home the top award.

"The top diets promote eating the foods that we've been told to eat, like whole grains, fruits and veggies, and going easy on sugar and saturated fat", she added.

Many people are ditching the cookies and candies in the new year because it's diet season.

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. "Those things may seem mundane because they're so basic and yet we see year over year that those are the diets that work and have staying power and are the healthiest for us". In fact, one study found the diet may reduce the risk of developing Alzheimer's disease by as much as 53 percent.

The plan focuses on fruit, vegetables, whole grain, lean protein and low-fat dairy and eliminates foods high in fat and sugar-sweetened drinks and candies, according to U.S. News and World Report. It also limits red meat, salt, and candies.

In the book, Blatner says you don't have to cut out meat entirely to reap the health benefits of a vegetarian diet.

Since the diet focuses on heart-healthy fats like olive oil, avocado, and salmon, it also could lower bad cholesterol, a major cause of heart disease, according to the Mayo Clinic.

A number of popular diets, including the keto diet, Dukan diet, and the Whole30 diet received some of the lowest rankings on U.S. News' list.

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

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