Mediterranean diet ranks best diet 5 year in row

For the fifth year in a row, the Mediterranean diet has topped the list of best diets in the world.
Dash diet ranked second,  and Flexitarian diet took the third spot on the U.S. News and World Report ranking.

The Mediterranean diet is the diet consumed in the Middle East and countries around the Mediterranean Sea region. It emphasizes eating fruits, veggies, whole grains, beans nuts, legumes, olive oil, herbs, spices, fish and seafood a few times a week, and sultry, eggs, cheese and yogurt in moderation.

Dash Diet stands for dietary approaches to stop hypertension and was originally started by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) as a diet to help reduce blood pressure, according to Good Morning America. This diet focuses on fruit, vegetables, whole grain, lean protein and low-fat dairy and eliminates foods high in fat and sugar-sweetened drinks and sweets, according to U.S. News and World Report.

A Flexitarian diet is a plant-heavy diet and meat substitute, such as tofu, beans, lentils, peas, nuts, seeds and eggs, according to U.S. News and World Report. It focuses on adding five food groups — “new meat,” fruits and vegetables, whole grains, dairy and sugar and spices — to your diet, instead of taking foods away, according to GMA.

Please consult with your doctor before changing your eating or exercise habits. The ranking is general guidelines for different diets worldwide.

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