Do you ever wonder which diet to follow? What are the pros and cons of “Diet A” vs. “Diet B”? Will I be able to stick with it? Are there any risks if I follow the diet for log?
The U.S. News & World Report has asked a panel of nationally recognized experts in diet, nutrition, food psychology, diabetes, and heart disease to review and rate 35 popular diets for ten years now. The experts review the different diets and rank them in seven categories: how easy it is to follow, short-term weight loss, long-term weight loss, nutrition, safety, and how it helps to protect against diabetes and heart disease.
According to the study, the best overall diet is the Mediterranean Diet. So it is not surprising that this diet holds its top ranking for three years in a row. It has a long list of health benefits, a great variety of recipes and flavors, and is effortless to follow.
The core foods of the Mediterranean Diet are
- High consumption: fruits, veggies, whole grains, legumes, nuts
- Increased consumption: fish, seafood
- Moderate consumption: dairy, eggs, and some poultry
- Reduced consumption: Red Meats and Sweets
- Fats: Use of high-quality Extra virgin olive oil (use regularly)
- Reduce salt
- Use more spices, fresh herbs, garlic, citrus
Several factors constitute the popularity of the Mediterranean Diet.
- The ingredients needed to prepare the meals are found easily in any grocery store – no need to visit specialty stores
- Also, the fact that it is based on grains, vegetables, legumes, and not on red meat makes it affordable for any household budget
- It is the overall approach that makes the diet healthy, rather than focusing on individual ‘superfoods.’
- Finally, it emphasizes the importance of enjoying our meals with family and friends
Need more information about the Mediterranean Diet and tips on how to adopt it as a way of living?