(Kathleen Doheny/ WebMD) — For the third year in a row, the Mediterranean diet has been named the best diet overall in the U.S. News & World Report annual rankings.
In 2018, the Mediterranean diet shared top honors with the DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) diet. Both focus on fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. The ketogenic diet, one of the most popular, again fared well in the annual survey
Angela Haupt, managing editor of health for the publication, says this year’s list has ”no surprises,” as it includes many diets that have been named outstanding before. Trendy diets typically won’t be found on its list, she says, explaining that its experts look for plans that have solid research and staying power.
No. 35 on the overall list was the Dukan Diet, which limits carbs and emphasizes protein. Even though ketogenic won a spot on the list for best fast weight loss, it came in at 34th place on the best overall. Whole 30 was 33rd. Whole 30 prohibits added sugar, alcohol, grains, and dairy for 30 days. Experts called these diets too restrictive and not sustainable over the long term. (…)