Every year, tens of millions of Americans go on diets, spending between $1 billion and $2 billion on products from the diet industry. But how effective are these diets? Recently, an independent panel of 22 nutritionists, dietitians, and heart and diabetes specialists reviewed and ranked various commercial and noncommercial diets based on their healthfulness both for conditions such as heart disease and diabetes as well as in general.
For people with diabetes, the DASH diet provided the most benefits, followed by the Mayo Clinic, Ornish, and vegan diets. DASH also came out on top for the best overall diet, with “high marks for its nutritional completeness, safety, ability to prevent or control diabetes, and role in supporting heart health,” according to US News and World Report, the group that published the ranking.
To see the full rankings for commercial and weight-loss diets, you can visit this page. And for a full ranking of the diets best for people with diabetes, click here. Each list explains the various diets that were evaluated and even allows you to give feedback on your experience with them.
Have you tried any of these diets? Let us know what you think!
This blog entry was written by former Web Intern Helen Zhu.