Health Experts rank Mediterranean Diet as the Best Diets Overall

The Mediterranean Diet Pyramid
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A panel of health experts evaluated 39 different types of diets and they concluded that that the Mediterranean diet is the best overall for 2021, according to the latest rankings released by the U.S. News and World Report.

It is the fourth consecutive year that health experts ranked the Mediterranean diet as number one in offering great health benefits including weight loss, preventing cancer, cognitive decline, dementia, diabetes, heart disease, and stroke. it also helps in preventing chronic disease and Alzheimer’s disease.

What is a Mediterranean diet?

The Mediterranean diet –– an eating pattern that follows the way people in the Mediterranean region have traditionally eaten. It is focused on eating fruits and vegetables, beans, nuts, legumes, whole grains, olive oil, flavorful herbs, fish, and seafood.

Health experts once again chose the Mediterranean diet as the Best Diets Overall  because it is easy to follow, evidence-based, and nutritionally balanced. 

The Mediterranean diet also earned the top spot in the categories of Easiest Diets to Follow, Best Diets for Healthy Eating and Best Diets for Diabetes, Best Plant-Based Diets, and Best Heart-Healthy Diets.