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Best and Worst Diets of 2020, Ranked

 Jan 2, 2020

Market Watch – With its emphasis on fruits, vegetables, olive oil, fish and other healthy fare, the Mediterranean diet was voted the best diet in a team of experts appointed by the U.S. News and World Report.

The experts have spoken — and eaten.

U.S. News and World Report on Thursday released its annual ranking from 1 to 35 of the world’s best (and, yes, worst) diets for 2020.

A team of 25 panelists of “nationally recognized” professionals in diet, nutrition, obesity, food psychology, diabetes and heart disease named the Mediterranean diet as the No. 1 diet for 2020 based on seven criteria: short-term weight loss, long-term weight loss, effectiveness for cardiovascular disease prevention, effectiveness for preventing diabetes, ease of compliance, nutritional completeness and health risks.

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‘It’s generally accepted that the folks in countries bordering the Mediterranean Sea live longer and suffer less than most Americans from cancer and cardiovascular ailments.’

The Mediterranean diet focuses on olive oil rich in healthy omega-3 fatty acids, fruits and vegetables, whole grains and lean protein like fish and chicken, with the occasional piece of red meat.

“It’s generally accepted that the folks in countries bordering the Mediterranean Sea live longer and suffer less than most Americans from cancer and cardiovascular ailments,” U.S. News and World Report said. “The not-so-surprising secret is an active lifestyle, weight control, and a diet low in red meat, sugar and saturated fat and high in produce, nuts and other healthful foods.”

The Mediterranean diet may also help with heart and brain health and cancer prevention, the report added.

“By following the Mediterranean Diet, you could also keep that weight off while avoiding chronic disease. There isn’t ‘a’ Mediterranean diet. Greeks eat differently from Italians, who eat differently from the French and Spanish. But they share many of the same principles…” Read more. 

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