Mediterranean Diet Tops Annual List for Fourth Consecutive Year

The U.S. News and World Report named the Mediterranean diet as the best overall diet for 2021. The eating plan was also recognized as the best plant-based diet and a top option for heart health and diabetes.
Jan. 6, 2021
Julie Al-Zoubi

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The Mediterranean diet has been declared the best diet for 2021, mak­ing it the fourth year in a row that it has been rec­og­nized as the best over­all eat­ing plan by the U.S. News and World Report.

In addi­tion to being ranked as the best over­all reg­i­men, the Mediterranean diet was hailed as the world’s best plant-based diet and tied with DASH for the title of best for healthy eat­ing.

The Mediterranean diet also topped the charts as the eas­i­est eat­ing plan to fol­low, tied with the DASH and Ornish diets in the best heart health cat­e­gory and drew even with the Flexitarian diet as the most effec­tive diet for dia­betes.

See Also: 40 Years of the Mediterranean Diet: What’s Next for the World’s Healthiest Eating Plan

The diets were judged by a panel of 24 whose exper­tise ranged from food psy­chol­ogy, diet and nutri­tion, heart dis­ease, dia­betes and obe­sity, fol­low­ing exten­sive research.

Diets were scored on a num­ber of fac­tors includ­ing how healthy and safe they were. The judges also took into account how easy they were to fol­low and their suc­cess in aid­ing with long-term weight loss as well as their abil­ity to pre­vent or reduce con­di­tions, includ­ing dia­betes and heart dis­ease.

The high­est rated diets were those which focused on the con­sump­tion of fresh fruit, veg­eta­bles, whole grains and healthy fats, such as olive oil, whilst restrict­ing calo­rie-rich processed foods and refined sug­ars.

In 2020, the Mediterranean diet which is rich in olive oil, fruits, veg­eta­bles, whole grains, nuts and seeds was found to be the most effec­tive diet for reduc­ing the risk of heart dis­ease and in 2018 was found to be ben­e­fi­cial for reduc­ing the risk of frailty in aging adults.





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