What diet should you follow? It’s one of the oldest health-related questions, and it still hasn’t been definitively answered. And with so many conflicting messages in the media about what a healthy diet looks like, it may seem more difficult than ever to separate sound advice from hype.
Luckily, there are respected sources of information to help you figure out what foods you should be eating, depending on your dietary needs and goals. One popular source that people turn to for rankings of all kinds is U.S. News and World Report, which issues an annual list of the best diets. This list is based on feedback from a panel of experts — nutritionists, dietary consultants and doctors specializing in diabetes, cardiovascular health and weight loss — and broken down into different categories.
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“Whether you’re trying to lose weight or improve heart health, diets are not one size fits all,” notes Angela Haupt, managing editor of health at U.S. News, in a press release by the magazine. The rankings, she says, help people “narrow down the options and make a choice that reflects their lifestyle, personal preferences and overall goal.”
The best overall diet for 2020, according to the publication, is the Mediterranean diet, which focuses on reducing red meat, sugar, and saturated fat while incorporating more fruits and vegetables, nuts, and whole grains, along with lean protein sources. The Mediterranean diet also topped the list of “Best Diets for Diabetes,” along with “Easiest Diets to Follow” and “Best Plant-Based Diets.”
After the Mediterranean diet, four different diets tie for second-best in the “Best Diets for Diabetes” category: the DASH Diet, the flexitarian diet, the Mayo Clinic Diet and the vegan diet. More information about how these diets are defined, and the full listings, are available on the U.S. News and World Report website.